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2010 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Partnering With Good Samaritans Health Clinic
03/25/2010
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (March 24, 2010) – Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is partnering with Good Samaritans Health Clinic in an effort to provide medical services to the underinsured or uninsured residents of Pasco County.

Morton Plant North Bay has received a grant from the Morton Plant Mease Foundation that will help with funding a Nurse Practitioner for the Good Samaritans Health Clinic. The Health Clinic helps patients with non-emergency medical needs receive a continuum of care. Access to care is improved by providing a well coordinated program where patients that otherwise would not have access to primary can go to receive care for their illnesses.

“By partnering with the Good Samaritan Health Clinic, we can offer the residents of Pasco county primary care medical services regardless of their ability to pay,” said John Couris, chief operating officer of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. “By adding another nurse practitioner to the staff at the health clinic, more people will have additional access to medical care and not have to utilize emergency services for non-emergent care.”

The Good Samaritan Health Clinic sees more than 3,500 patients per year and is located less than a mile from Morton Plant North Bay. The clinic is open to treat patients Monday through Thursday. The employment of a nurse practitioner will allow even more patients to be seen and will relieve local emergency rooms by allowing them to focus on emergency patients.

“Good Samaritan Health Clinic is committed to providing top quality medical and dental services to Pasco County residents, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Melissa Fahy, CEO of Good Samaritan Health Clinic. “The clinic is a valuable resource in the community to help take care of those who are underinsured or uninsured.”

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: www.baycare.org.

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