BayCare Health System Site Map Social Media Contact Us
Morton Plant Mease  
Find a Doctor Classes & Events Pay My Bill Financial Assistance Policy Donate Get E-Newsletter
Services About Us Locations News Health Tools and Articles Careers Contact Us
Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+) font size
Bookmark and Share


Print This Page Print This Page    Email this to a Friend Email this to a Friend
2010 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Expands Heart Care

Procedures Afford Pasco County More Choice in Cardiac Services

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (March 8, 2010) – Morton Plant North Bay has received approval from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to perform Level 1 percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI is also known as an angioplasty, a minimally invasive heart procedure.

“Improving access often means improving care and with the addition of emergency and elective cardiac procedures, we are able to provide West Pasco residents more options for potentially life-saving heart care, right in their own neighborhood,” said John Couris, chief operating officer, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

Level 1 PCI approval covers both emergency and elective angioplasty procedures. Morton Plant North Bay began offering emergency angioplasty on January 25, 2010. Elective angioplasty for hospitalized patients began in early February and elective outpatient angioplasty will start in April.

Currently patients experiencing heart attack symptoms who need the intervention of angioplasty are transported to a hospital with an open-heart surgery suite. “The more quickly you can successfully restore blood flow to the heart, the better chance you have for recovery,” said Carlos Bayron, MD, an interventional cardiologist. “All in all, providing patients with angioplasty stents within our hospital is ultimately the best way to care for our patients.”

Morton Plant North Bay’s Cardiac Services is an established cardiovascular program that currently provides diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, as well as peripheral vascular interventions. A catheterization is a diagnostic test that determines if blood is flowing properly to the heart. Morton Plant North Bay’s Cardiac Services are trained to the same high standards as that have allowed Morton Plant Mease Cardiology to receive national recognition for its patient care and features:

  • An all digital cardiac catheterization lab
  • An electrocardiograms and echocardiograms (EKG/ECHO) unit to test for heart abnormalities
  • Cardiac stress testing lab that includes nuclear medicine testing

A PCI consists of maneuvering a tiny wire into a blocked coronary artery and then inflating a balloon to re-open the artery and restore blood flow to the heart. A stent or thin, wire, mesh tube may then be placed in the re-opened artery to keep it from closing.

For more information on PCI at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, please call (727) 953-6875.

About Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 154-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 has also received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey, 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:

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone (727) 402-8113 Pager ###