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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant Only U.S. Hospital Awarded Top 100 Honor Every Year, 10 Consecutive Years

CLEARWATER, Fla., (November 19, 2008) - An annual national study of U.S. hospitals has again named Morton Plant Hospital a top 100 hospital for heart care. On November 17, the award winners for the 2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success were announced and Morton Plant is the only top 100 heart hospital in the nation to receive this distinction for 10 consecutive years, every year the award has been presented.

“To be the only hospital named in the top 100 every year is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our heart care teams. Every day our physicians, nurses, and technicians – hospital employees at every level of care - strive to provide health care excellence. This award is evidence of that commitment to be the best,” said Hal Ziecheck, FACHE, administrator and chief operating officer, Morton Plant Hospital.

Morton Plant is one of 970 hospitals Thomson Reuters Healthcare, formerly Solucient, examined for performance by analyzing clinical outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and angioplasties. Using 2006 and 2007 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2007 Medicare cost reports, and data from other sources, Thomson Reuters researchers scored hospitals in the following key performance areas:

  • risk-adjusted medical mortality
  • risk-adjusted surgical mortality
  • risk-adjusted complications
  • core measures score
  • percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use
  • procedure volume
  • severity-adjusted average length of stay
  • wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

Based on their findings, Morton Plant was selected among teaching hospitals without a cardiovascular residency program for setting a new national standard for cardiovascular disease outcomes, process of care, efficiency and lower costs. “It’s not easy for a patient to hear there’s something wrong with their heart. But our goal has been and continues to be a leader in heart care and hopefully when a patient hears that we’re the only heart hospital to be named in the top 100 every year, they’re comforted and confident that they’re in very good hands,” said Dr. John Ofenloch, cardiothoracic surgeon, Morton Plant Hospital.

According to the study, if all cardiovascular hospitals achieved the same results as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners, more than 6,000 lives would be saved and nearly 720 medical complications would be avoided each year. There also was a large difference in the volume of heart procedures performed by the cardiovascular award-winning hospitals and their peers. The winning hospitals performed nearly two-thirds more coronary artery bypass graft surgeries (CABGs) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs).

Since 1999 Morton Plant has been awarded 17 Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of cardiovascular, stroke, orthopaedic and overall care.

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About Morton Plant

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. In 2007, Morton Plant Hospital received the Premier Award for Quality in the area of Coronary Artery Bypass Graft. Morton Plant also has received 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. Morton Plant also has partnered with H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa to provide research and services for cancer patients. 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 Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

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