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2009 Press Releases
Naming of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Building Addition Will Honor Pasco County’s Starkey Family
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (April 17, 2009)-- In appreciation of the generous
$1 million gift from Jay B and Marsha Starkey to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital for the campus renovation and expansion, the new patient wing will be named the Starkey Medical Tower.

The naming of the Starkey Medical Tower was announced during a “Topping Out” ceremony held at the hospital on April 17. A “topping out” traditionally commemorates the placement of the final beam or completion of a building’s structure.

“We are so grateful to the Starkey family for taking a lead in supporting what we believe will be one of the most significant advancements for medical care in West Pasco,” said John Couris, chief operating officer, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. It seems fitting to name this expansion in honor of the Starkeys.

In 1937, Jay B Starkey, Senior purchased 16,000 county acres in Pasco County. The Starkey family has continued their involvement in the community through ranching and conservation efforts. The family devoted a portion of their property to a protected wildlife area known as the Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park. “This is very exciting for our family. We have watched this community grow through the years and want to be part of this effort by Morton Plant North Bay to give our neighbors the medical services they need and deserve,” said Jay B Starkey, Jr.

The new Starkey Medical Tower will increase the number of beds by 25% and include a new intensive care unit, cardiac unit, medical surgical unit and respiratory care department. Plans call for the expansion to be complete during the first quarter of 2010.

Construction for Morton Plant North Bay’s comprehensive renovation and expansion plan began in 2008. Other parts of the plan already in progress include a three-story medical office building and renovations of the Mitchell Rehabilitation Hospital. Renovations will begin over the next few months on the hospital’s emergency room and a fitness trail will be placed along the hospital’s water retention area and will include exercise stations.

Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 122-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. 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.