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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital SHARE Program to Help Older Adults Focus on Health and Safety

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (September 30, 2011)-- To engage older adults in taking an active role in managing their health, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is offering free health education and resources to the senior community. Starting in October, SHARE: Seniors Health Awareness Resources and Education health seminars will be held monthly, focusing on interesting and relevant topics for older adults.

The new seminars will include presentations, question and answer sessions, interactive activities and also behind-the-scenes tours of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. All participants will receive a health binder, educational materials, and health screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol and Body Mass Index (BMI). All seminars will be held at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison Street, New Port Richey.

For more information or to register for a free event and join SHARE, call (727) 940-2779. (Seminar topics are subject to change.) 

Wednesday, October 5 , 10 a.m.

Aging and Physical Activity: Back In Balance

Learn more about common medical conditions and medications, how they increase risk for falls and tips to improve balance and prevent falls.

Wednesday, November 2, 10 a.m.

Medicare Issues: The Ins and Outs of Getting Most From Medicare

Learn about the changes to Medicare that will affect seniors, the budget battle and tips on choosing a Medicare plan.

Wednesday, December 7, 10 a.m.

Arthritis: “I Don’t Want To Move Because It Hurts”

Learn how arthritis affects daily activities and how some exercises and medications can help with discomfort and promote movement.

Wednesday, January 11, 10 a.m.

Maintaining Foot Care: “You Want to Dance, But Your Feet Hurt”

Learn about common foot issues for the aging adult such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, spurs and tips for foot care and correct footwear.

Wednesday, February 1, 10 a.m.

Medications: “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”

Learn more about common medications side effects, when to take then and overall drug interactions.

Wednesday, March 7, 10 a.m.  

Weathering The Storms: Hurricane Readiness

Learn about how to prepare for a storm, keep your home safe, pet safety and getting together a checklist for hurricane readiness.

Wednesday, April 4, 10 a.m.

Cardiac Health: Understand the Numbers to Improve Your Cardiac Health

Learn about what your total cholesterol, blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI) numbers mean and why so important to know for cardiac health. Cholesterol, Accu-Chek, and BMI/Waist Circumference screenings included.

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. Morton Plant North Bay is 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 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


Media Contacts:

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

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