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2010 Press Releases
Healing Garden Completed at Morton Plant Hospital
Funds donated in memory of former Caring Partners President Jack Bower

CLEARWATER, Fla., (February 4, 2010) - Patients and visitors at Morton Plant Hospital can now enjoy a peaceful outdoor retreat, built with funds donated by the Morton Plant Caring Partners volunteers, to promote healing.

Caring Partners volunteers donated all funds for the new Healing Garden at Morton Plant Hospital in memory of Jack Bower, former President of Caring Partners. Bower joined Caring Partners in 2001 as a CareVan driver, assumed the position of CareVan Chairman in 2002, became Executive Vice President in 2004 and served as President from 2006 through 2008. He continued contributing greatly to Morton Plant Caring Partners until his passing in 2009.

The Healing Garden was completed on January 12, 2010. The 4,750 square foot garden includes a tranquil waterfall, lighted pergola, vibrant foliage and benches from which to enjoy the surroundings.

“The Healing Garden is a fitting tribute to Jack Bower,” stated Hal Ziecheck, Chief Operating Office of Morton Plant Hospital. “Jack was incredibly passionate and dedicated to the well-being of patients, always taking the lead when there was a need. He would be very pleased to see such a special space that will aid in the healing process.”

For more information on Morton Plant Caring Partners and volunteer opportunities, please call (727) 953-6957.

About Morton Plant Hospital
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. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for all 10 years. 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..

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient’s lifetime. Composed of hospitals and numerous affiliated services, the system connects patients to a complete range of services throughout the Tampa Bay area. Together, BayCare organizations seek to advance the health of their patients and their communities.

Member 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, St. Joseph’s Hospital North and South Florida Baptist. On the web:

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