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2011 Press Releases
Community Invited to Celebrate Opening of St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center

Clearwater, Fla., (January 25, 2011) ¾ Mease Countryside Hospital will celebrate the opening of the St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center on the hospital's campus  Saturday, February 12, 2011. Community members are invited to the opening celebration between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to tour the specialty center at 3253 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL.

During the free community event, guests can enjoy refreshments, visit with the physicians and medical staff and child life specialists and child safety advocates will be on hand. Activities for children will include face painting, arts and crafts, games, the teddy bear clinic, keeping kids safe safety expo, visiting with St. Joseph's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) transport team and vehicles. Free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings will also be available for parents.  

The opening of the St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center is the latest achievement of the ongoing partnership between Morton Plant Mease and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to provide more access to advanced pediatric care in north Pinellas. The specialty center offers physical, occupational, speech, and sensory therapy programs as well as pediatric physician specialty services for neurology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and cardiology. The center will also have convenient, on-site pediatric laboratory services for the smallest of patients.

St. Joseph's Children's at Morton Plant Mease services started at Mease Countryside in 2009 and includes emergency services, a neonatal intensive care unit and an enhanced 18-bed, private inpatient children's unit. 

The addition of the specialty center opening February 1, 2011, continues the collaboration to offer higher level care for pediatric patients admitted to Mease Countryside for inpatient medical care. Children needing pediatric surgery for additional care may be transferred to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital.

For more information on the St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center at Mease Countryside, call: (813) 644-4336.

About St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

As Tampa's first dedicated children's hospital, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is designed to meet the unique needs of children and their families by providing high-tech pediatric health care in a family-centered, child-friendly environment. The 174-bed facility is home to a medical staff of nearly 260 physicians with approximately 155 pediatric specialists, representing almost every major pediatric sub-specialty. Part of the BayCare Health System, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is the third largest children's hospital in Florida, providing more acute medical and surgical pediatric care than all other hospitals in Hillsborough County. 

About Mease Countryside Hospital

Mease Countryside Hospital is a 300-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Mease Countryside has been awarded nine Top 100 Hospital designations in the areas of stroke, orthopaedic, intensive care and overall care by the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success. Mease Countryside is awarded with Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care. Mease Countryside Hospital is located at 3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor, Fla.

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

Media contacts:

Beth Hardy, (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager

Lisa Patterson, (813) 554-8134 Phone, (813) 202-4176 Pager