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2008 Press Releases
A Bundle of Family Fun for the Community
09/30/2008

Mease Countryside Hospital Celebrates Women’s and Children’s Center With Free Event for Kids, Parents, Parents-to-Be

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla., (September 30, 2008) - Since opening to the community on May, 12 2005, more than 6,000 babies have been born at the Women’s and Children’s Center at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor. On Saturday, October 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the community is invited to the hospital for free tours of the Women’s and Children’s Center and a day of family fun that includes:

  • Free guided tours of the birth center and pediatrics units
  • Free children’s activities - storytelling, face painting, children’s yoga and a munchkin playhouse
  • Free children’s demonstrations with Teddy bears, stethoscopes and bandages to familiarize children with medical care and reassure them that the hospital is safe and can be fun
  • Exhibitors featuring information on childcare and parenting products
  • Complimentary snacks and beverages
  • “Our focus is family-centered care and we invite parents and parents-to-be to come spend a morning with us, learn about our childbirth facilities and services, and enjoy fun activities for the entire family,” said Marcia Albanese, director of women’s and children’s services, Morton Plant Mease Health Care.

    Mease Countryside birth center alumni including the first baby and first set of triplets born at the new Women’s and Children’s Center is invited to attend. The babies, now toddlers and their families will be treated to a special homecoming.

    “It’s hard to believe it’s been three years. We’re looking forward to seeing how our babies have grown. This will be a very special homecoming for the families and the hospital staff,” said Albanese.

    The Women’s and Children’s Center at Mease Countryside features 26 patient rooms designed to allow newborns to stay with their mothers from delivery through discharge and to accommodate visits with family and friends in a homelike atmosphere. The center also includes a gynecological medical/surgical unit, an education center for expectant and new parents, and a 10-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) - the only Level III NICU in North Pinellas and Pasco counties equipped to care for babies weighing less than 2.2 pounds or requiring extensive medical care.

    Established in 1985, Mease Countryside Hospital is a 300-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Since 1997 Mease Countryside has been awarded nine Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of stroke, orthopaedic, intensive care and overall care by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success. 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. 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 on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Mease Countryside Hospital is located at 3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor, Fla., (727) 725-6111.

    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 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager

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