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2008 Press Releases
New Construction, Expansion of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Underway

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (June 17, 2008) - A brand new Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is beginning to take shape. The $49 million new construction and expansion plan that will nearly double the size of the hospital campus is well underway. Phase one site work included the completion of a new parking lot earlier this month that’s located north of the hospital off of Forest Avenue. Construction of a three-story medical office building featuring physician offices, an expanded sleep disorders unit, laboratory services and outpatient rehabilitation services is anticipated to begin on June 30.

In addition to the medical office building, the new construction and expansion project includes:

  • A new three-story patient wing offering additional private patient beds, a new intensive care unit, cardiac unit, medical surgical unit, new respiratory care services and community education facilities
  • New walk-in clinic
  • Expansion of the Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Renovations to the emergency room with improved efficiencies for patients and physicians
  • Storm water retention area

The project creates a comprehensive, community-based medical complex that will allow Morton Plant North Bay to grow and change with the New Port Richey and West Pasco communities. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2010. The architect for the project is Harvard Jolly, Inc., Tampa, Florida. The contractor is Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC of Orlando, Florida. The developer of the medical office building is Lauth Property Group also based in Orlando.

Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 122-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay’s stroke care program has received the highest level of recognition - the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care are part of the first group of hospitals nationally to have earned re-certification of the Gold Seal of Approval™ for stroke care from the Joint Commission. In 2008, the hospital was awarded Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Fla., (727) 842-8468.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199, (727) 402-8113 or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager