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2004 Press Releases
Morton Plant Named a "Top 100" Hospital for Overall Quality of Care

CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 28, 2004)---In a study released May 24th in Modern Healthcare magazine, Morton Plant Hospital was ranked as a 100 Top Hospital. Using data from more than 6,000 hospitals across the country, the "Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success" study evaluated acute care hospitals for overall quality of care, operational efficiency, financial performance and adaptation to the environment.

"Our mission of providing quality care year after year drives us to seek ways to improve every day," stated Philip K. Beauchamp, chief executive officer and president of Morton Plant Hospital. "To be consistently recognized as a benchmark hospital, one that is helping to set the standard of care nationally, benefits everyone in the community."

The 100 Top Hospitals study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from 2002, including publicly available MedPAR data and Medicare cost reports. Facilities recognized on the list are represented in five hospital categories: major teaching, teaching, large community, medium community and small community. Morton Plant Hospital was ranked in the teaching hospital category.

With the most recent study, Morton Plant has a total of 11 Top 100 Hospital designations including Overall in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003; five consecutive Top 100 recognitions for cardiovascular care in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003; and one for orthopaedic care in 2000 and one for stroke care in 2000.

Solucient is the leading source of health care business intelligence. Its mission is to provide comprehensive, results-oriented information to drive business growth, manage costs and deliver quality care. For more information of the 100 Top Hospitals, visit

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care. In 2002, Morton Plant was named one of America's Top 50 Hospitals, according to AARP Modern Maturity magazine. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., 727-462-7000.

Contact: Beth Hardy

Morton Plant News Bureau

727-298-6199 Phone

727-419-4471 Pager