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2008 Press Releases
BayCare Announces New President For Morton Plant Mease

CLEARWATER, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2008) – After an extensive, nationwide search, Morton Plant Mease recently appointed Glenn D. Waters as its new president to oversee the organization’s four acute care hospitals, 7,300 employees and numerous other health services.

Waters will replace Morton Plant Mease’s current president, Phil Beauchamp, who announced his retirement in February. Known as an innovative and enthusiastic leader, Waters comes from the Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he served as the chief operating officer.

“We could not be more excited and pleased to make this announcement,” said Larry Morgan, Morton Plant Mease Board Chairman. “Glenn has vast experience in the areas of health care that are vital to Morton Plant Mease. His leadership will definitely help us advance superior health care for our communities and enhance our ability to deliver the type of top-quality care that Morton Plant Mease is known for.”

At Moses Cone, Waters led the development of a freestanding, outpatient cardiac cath joint venture with cardiologists, the planning of the $275 million expansion of its flagship hospital and the development of a new organizational structure that allowed leaders to work more closely with its employed physicians and to partner with additional physicians in the future.

Waters also helped lead the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plan, with an emphasis on patient satisfaction, employee and physician satisfaction, financial performance, and quality of care. He also focused on leadership development, the improvement of quality outcomes, the deployment of new technologies in the organization and improved medical staff relations.

“This was a very important decision for us,” said Stephen R. Mason, president and CEO of BayCare Health System, the community-based health system that includes Morton Plant and Mease hospitals. “Glenn has an excellent reputation as a forward-thinking, strategic leader. We are thrilled that we have this opportunity to bring his leadership and experience to the Tampa Bay area and help us continue our Mission of serving the health care needs of our communities.”

Prior to his role as the chief operating officer at Moses Cone, Waters served as the organization’s executive vice president and was responsible for the operations of the health system’s flagship hospital. He came to Moses Cone in 2002 from the Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas, where he served as the executive vice president/chief operating officer. Before that, he was the senior vice president at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia.

Waters received his Master of Hospital Administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

“I’m thrilled about becoming part of the BayCare organization,” Waters said. “Morton Plant Mease has an excellent reputation in the industry, and I could not have been more impressed with everyone I met during the interview process. I am very excited to get down there, and I look forward to meeting and working with everyone to continue delivering Morton Plant Mease’s brand of high-quality, compassionate care.”

With five acute care hospitals, more than 6,000 employees and 1,076 beds, Moses Cone is similar in size to Morton Plant Mease, which has 7,300 employees, 1,252 beds and four acute care hospitals.

Beauchamp will remain as Morton Plant Mease’s president during the transition. Waters is expected to start in October.

Under Beauchamp’s leadership, Morton Plant Mease experienced tremendous growth and achieved numerous national awards and notable accomplishments, such as the development of the new, state-of-the-art Morgan Heart Hospital, the full merger of Morton Plant and Mease hospitals, the development of Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, and the creation of the Morton Plant Mease Physicians Advisory Council.

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 is part of BayCare Health System, which is a community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. BayCare connects patients to a comprehensive array of services through its not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient and imaging facilities, and other regional services that reach beyond the Bay area. BayCare’s hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Women’s and South Florida Baptist hospitals.

Contact: Amy Lovett, Communications Director

Phone: (727) 519-1257, Pager: (727) 402-8111, Email: