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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease's Sleep Disorders Centers Receive Recognition by American Academy of Sleep Medicine
02/17/2011

CLEARWATER, Fla., (February 17, 2011) - Morton Plant Mease's Sleep Disorders Centers are nothing to yawn about - all are now fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). A chronic sleep disorder such as sleep apnea leads to sleep deprivation, causing health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, onset of diabetes, mental illnesses and injuries. 70 million Americans are not getting the seven to nine hours of sleep recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.  

Receiving the AASM accreditation is the gold standard for sleep disorders centers. The sleep disorders center at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater received AASM accreditation in 2008 and the following four sleep centers recently became accredited:   

  • Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, New Port Richey
  • Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor
  • Bardmoor Outpatient Center, Largo
  • BayCare Outpatient Center, Tampa

To receive a five-year accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional care by the AASM. The accreditation process involves detailed inspection of a center's facility and staff, evaluation of patient contacts, physician training and testing procedures.

The AASM is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. The AASM currently accredits more than 2,200 sleep medicine centers and laboratories across the country. 

About Morton Plant Mease

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

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 www.BayCare.org.

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 Media Contact: Denise Moore, (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager