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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Invites Women to Red Hot Mamas' Conversation Couch

Encourages Women to Sit and Open Up about Bladder Weakness

CLEARWATER, Fla., (October 11, 2011) – Millions of women experience bladder weakness, but few talk about it even though it is a common and natural change in a woman’s body. To spark the conversation, Morton Plant Mease’s local Red Hot Mamas program presents Red Hot Mamas: “Conversation Couch” on Thursday, November 10, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

“Bladder weakness is quite common and happens to women through pregnancy, after a surgery or through menopause,” said Marcia Albanese, Morton Plant Mease director of women’s services. “One in four women experience bladder weakness and we hope this event helps women recognize it is just another normal change that happens to women.” 

At the event, Morton Plant Mease’s OB/GYN, Stephanie Van Zandt, MD, FACOG, along with the founder and president of the national Red Hot Mamas and TENA, manufacturer of bladder protection products, will be on the “conversation couch” hosting the discussion on bladder weakness, how to feel comfortable communicating with physicians about it and how to manage it.

Event attendees will receive relevant and practical women’s health tips and information and will be encouraged to sign a pledge wall, acknowledging their commitments to taking control of their health. To register for the event, call (727) 253-4079 or visit

Dr. Stephanie Van Zandt is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society, the Pinellas County Medical Society, and credentialed by the North American Menopause Society as a NAMS Menopause Practitioner.

Karen Giblin is the founder and president of Red Hot Mamas, the nation's largest menopause education program. Giblin is the co-author of Eat to Defeat Menopause, which recently hit shelves, and has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN and many other national media outlets. 

The Conversation Couch is a health advocacy initiative, to educate and inspire women to open up about their personal health challenges and effectively communicate with their doctors about sensitive health issues such as bladder weakness. The conversation couch is a symbol of normalcy to sit down and open up about health issues as if you were in your own living room and amongst friends.     

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


Media Contacts:

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

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