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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital's Axelrod Pavilion Earns Silver LEED Certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Accreditation Assesses Building Design, Construction and Operations   

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 7, 2012) – The Axelrod Pavilion at Morton Plant Hospital has qualified for a Silver LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. Built in 2011, the innovative clinical services and treatment center encompasses imaging, diagnostic and comprehensive breast cancer services, cancer treatment, patient and family support services and physician offices.  

LEED provides building owners and operators with a “framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” Factors considered for certification include sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. 

“The Axelrod Pavilion is an outpatient facility that was designed to maximize comfort, convenience and the quality of care for our patients while also minimizing the impact on the environment,” said Kris Hoce, chief operating officer, Morton Plant Hospital. “This accreditation acknowledges the facility’s state-of-the-art energy efficiencies and underscores our commitment to controlling operating costs without compromising any aspect of the patient experience.” 

The four-story, 103,500-square-foot Axelrod Pavilion provides a comfortable, calming environment that promotes healing and comfort. The building’s interior design includes rock walls and bamboo and incorporates lot of natural light.

Services and programs housed within the Axelrod Pavilion include:

  • Carlisle Imaging Center (full range of imaging exams)
  • Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center (diagnostic breast imaging)
  • Comprehensive Breast Care Center of Tampa Bay (breast surgical oncologists Dr. Peter Blumencranz and Dr. Kathleen Allen)
  • CaPSS (Cancer Patient Support Services)
  • Evelyn Simmers Oncology Resource Library

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