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2010 Press Releases
New Ambulatory Care Unit Opens at Mease Dunedin Hospital

DUNEDIN, Fla., (December 21, 2010) - As part of its ongoing expansion project, Mease Dunedin Hospital has built a new ambulatory care unit. With a more family-centered care design, the new ambulatory care unit includes 14 new private patient recovery rooms, three exam rooms, patient lockers, two centralized nurse's stations, and a new surgery family waiting area with a calming water feature to greet visitors.

"Ambulatory care has skyrocketed in recent years because of advanced technologies making it safer to have medical procedures done on an outpatient basis so our focus is on patient-centered care and efficiency," said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer at Mease Dunedin Hospital. "The new space allows for a more tranquil and private setting for the patient and also increases efficiency for our nurses, physicians and hospital team to better offer an optimal level of quality care." 

The newly renovated department replaces the former ambulatory care unit on the second floor of the hospital.  The new space offers a more contemporary setting with walls painted in natural colors and warm wood grain patterns on the floor.  Beautiful framed photos taken by Morton Plant Mease staff members line the walls of the new unit to continue the theme of offering a soothing peaceful environment for patients. "Morton Plant Mease staff members submit photos for our annual calendar every year and this is the first time our team members' photos have been displayed outside of the calendar and onto the walls of one of our hospitals," added Galdieri.  

Adjacent to the new ambulatory care unit is the new sterile processing department equipped with the latest technology for medical equipment sterilization.

The new ambulatory care unit and sterile processing department at Mease Dunedin are part of an ongoing multi-phase expansion project costing approximately $19 million. The project calls for renovating 33,000 square feet of the hospital's main building and adding another 4,000 square feet of new construction. The next phase of the expansion includes creating larger surgical operating rooms to allow for more specialized surgical equipment for complex orthopedic and spine procedures. Other renovations include seven bay post-anesthesia care units and a new physicians' lounge to be completed in 2012.                  

About Mease Dunedin Hospital

Established in 1937, Mease Dunedin Hospital is a 143-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. 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. Mease Dunedin was recognized as an industry leader in congestive heart care when it received the Premier Award for Quality from Premier Healthcare Informatics, a national alliance of not-for-profit hospitals and health care systems. Mease Dunedin Hospital is located at 601 Main St., Dunedin, Fla., (727) 733-1111.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of 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 Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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