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2013 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Hosts Community Health Seminars

CLEARWATER, Fla., (December 19, 2013) - Morton Plant Mease health experts invite the community to attend free health seminars in January focusing on elder care law, fatigue, and diabetes. The health seminars will be presented at various Morton Plant Mease facilities and community centers.

Laws Affecting Elders
Monday, Jan. 13
10 a.m.
Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion, Ste. 114, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater

Caregivers can ask questions of an attorney who specializes in elder care law. Learn about long-term care issues and the 2014 state Medicaid changes.

Is Your Blood Making You Tired?
Wednesday, Jan. 22
12:30 p.m.
YMCA of the Suncoast, Teen Room, 1005 S Highland Ave., Clearwater

Oncologist Ben Yan, MD, will review common conditions that affect the blood and bone marrow, and may contribute to fatigue. Learn what treatments are available to improve fatigue caused by these conditions.

Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Wednesday, Jan. 15
Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater

Join endocrinologist Payal Patel, MD, to learn about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and basis management for type 2 diabetes. Also learn about the distinction between prediabetes and diabetes.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Insomnia
Wednesday, Jan. 15
6 p.m.
Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-5, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor

Approximately 10 percent of adults experience persistent insomnia and may have difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep, waking up too early, and/or having unrefreshing sleep. These sleep disturbances lead to daytime consequences such as fatigue, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. This presentation, by Alfonso Castro, MD, will address the causes and symptoms of insomnia, and offer up-to-date information on management and treatment. Discussion topics will include behavioral approaches, such as relaxation therapy, sleep restriction therapy, and stimulus control therapy, along with appropriate medication options.

Relief Options for Chronic Sinus Pain
Thursday, Jan. 16
5:30 p.m.
Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center, Room 120, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo

Jonathan Morgan, MD, an ear nose throat specialist and facial plastic surgeon, will discuss the common underlying causes and symptoms of chronic sinusitis and chronic sinus pain. Participants will get an in-depth explanation of one of the major advancements in sinus surgery, the balloon sinuplasty procedure. An allergy testing demonstration will be performed and a questionnaire will be offered regarding sinus issues.

Relieving Back Pain
Tuesday, Jan. 21
12:30 p.m.
Beach Library & Recreation Center, Social Hall, 69 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach

Join neurosurgeon Carrie Shulman, MD, to discover how noninvasive and minimally invasive techniques can help relieve back pain.

Food Label Know How
Monday, Jan. 27
2 p.m.
Aging Well Center at the Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater

Be smart at the supermarket. Join registered dietitian Diana Thornton to learn to focus on important food label information that is pertinent to your good health in this lecture that is part of our Medical Matters series.

To pre-register for a health seminar, call (727) 953-6877, or visit:

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