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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Breaks Ground For New Surgical Center

 NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (December 2, 2011)-- Morton Plant North Bay Hospital continues expansion plans with its planned surgical center to offer patients advanced surgical procedures. Hospital administrators and community leaders will be on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony on December 14, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. The new surgical center is planned to expand from four to six new operating suites and two new endoscopy/ procedure suites. The new operating suites will measure up to 675 square feet, replacing the current 350-500 sq. ft. operating rooms.  

“With larger operating rooms, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital will be able to accommodate advanced surgeries for less invasive procedures. “More and more surgeries are minimally invasive which can lead to a faster recovery time for patients,” said Hal Ziecheck, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital chief operating officer. “We continue to be committed to the health of all of West Pasco, so it’s important for us to expand our services to meet the health care needs of our community.” The new surgery center is expected to open in early 2013.

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital has been remodeling the campus recently. A new 9,750 square-foot cardiovascular center that provides the most advanced imaging equipment for cardiac care diagnostics and interventions, including elective and emergency heart catheterizations and angioplasties, just opened in September.

The 56,000 square-foot, four-story Starkey Medical Tower opened in 2010 with all private patient rooms, a newer intensive care unit, medical surgical unit, new respiratory care services and community education services opened last year along with the 45,000 square-foot, three-story Medical Arts Building that features an expanded sleep disorders center, outpatient lab facility and rehabilitation services. 

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


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