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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Physician Honored for Excellence

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (October 9, 2008) - Zahid Akram, M.D., of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital medical staff was one of four physicians honored with Excellence in Medicine Awards for their outstanding service to Morton Plant Mease, the community, the medical profession and for contributions to medical progress.

Nominations are made by members of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation board, Morton Plant Mease Health Care board and the medical executive committees of Morton Plant Hospital, Morton Plant North Bay and Mease Hospitals. Selections are made by the Morton Plant Mease Foundation board, Morton Plant Mease Health Care board and the chief medical officer

Dr. Akram earned the honor for his contributions to improving the ICU care and Respiratory Care at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. In addition to chairing the monthly Critical Care Committee meetings, Dr. Akram has been involved in various projects, including multidisciplinary rounding, decreasing ventilator days and developing and implementing critical care and respiratory order sets. In addition, he has given numerous education presentations to ICU and respiratory team members. He also was involved in initiating a Rapid Response Team at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. The Rapid Response Team consists of Dr. Akram and nurses from the intensive care unit specializing in critical care and early evaluation of patients. Similar to a “code blue” team, the Rapid Response Team responds within five minutes of being paged to assist bedside nurses assess and stabilize a patient’s situation. Dr. Akram is in the process of implementing a specialty of the Rapid Response Team regarding early recognition and treatment of respiratory patients.

In addition to Dr. Akram, other award winners include:

  • Mahesh Amin, M.D., Cardiology/Internal Medicine, Morton Plant Hospital
  • Crayton Pruitt, M.D., Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Morton Plant Hospital
  • David Berry, M.D., General Surgery, Mease Hospitals

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: Jim Scavino (727) 462-7416 Phone, (727) 402-5976 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager