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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Physicians Recognized For Excellence

CLEARWATER, Fla., (Aug. 19, 2011) – Recognizing physicians for supporting the health system’s goal of high-quality health care, the Morton Plant Mease Foundation recently presented its 2011 Excellence in Medicine Award to four deserving physicians at the WOW (Wilks Outstanding Winners) Awards.   

These physicians were judged to exemplify excellence in clinical practice, leadership and outstanding service to the hospitals and community. Each recipient will also be recognized on the Excellence in Medicine recognition walls at their respective hospitals.

Morton Plant Hospital:

Allan Haydon, MD

Jeffrey Sourbeer, MD

Mease Dunedin and Countryside:

Vakesh Rajani, MD

Morton Plant North Bay:

Christos Pitarys, MD

This year, the Mease Hospitals award was named the “Dr. Bernard A. Macik, Jr. excellence in Medicine Award” in honor of Dr. Macik, a 2010 winner and former VP of Medical Affairs, who passed away last year.

Nominations are made by members of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation board, Morton Plant Mease Health Care board and the medical executive committees of Morton Plant Hospital, Morton Plant North Bay and Mease Hospitals.

Selections are made by the Morton Plant Mease Foundation board, Morton Plant Mease Health Care board and the chief medical officer.

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 200 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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