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Morton Plant North Bay, St. Joseph's advanced new facilities

( © 12/14/11) Two BayCare Health System hospitals are expanding. St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa expects to open its new Behavioral Health Center in mid-January. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is breaking ground Wednesday on a surgical center on its New Port Richey campus.

Mother with uterus didelphys, or two uteruses, has twins - one baby from each

( © 09/20/11) Twins Nathan and Natalie Barbosa made the record books with their recent arrival at Morton Plant Hospital. They came healthy and howling, with chipmunk cheeks and tufts of dark hair. But their birth was anything but routine.

MDA collaborates on clinical trial of a gene-skipping drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

(ABC Action News © 08/29/11) There is exciting news about a potential therapy for a devastating neuromuscular disease. A clinical trial now underway is showing promise in treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Therapy dogs bring smiles to Morton Plant Mease hospital patients 

( © 08/26/11) A floppy-eared, long-haired dachshund named Connor is meandering along the progressive care floor of Mease Countryside Hospital. He's at the end of his leash, gently pulling along his owner, 67-year-old Bob Boess.

BayCare deals position system for changing industry 

(Tampa Bay Business Journal © 08/05/11) BayCare Health System Inc., already the market leader in hospital and health care services in the Tampa Bay area, is getting bigger. In the past few weeks, organizations that are part of the BayCare network have added cardiac facilities in North Pinellas County, boosted home care services in Sarasota and acquired a multispecialty physician practice in St. Petersburg.

DaTscan, new drug help with early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

( © 08/04/11) For decades physicians have had to rely largely on a keen eye and experience to diagnose Parkinson's disease. Now the pairing of a new drug and a high-tech nuclear brain scan is offering long-awaited help in recognizing the progressive movement disorder, which has neither a specific diagnostic test nor a cure.

More newborns hooked on drugs 

(  © 07/31/2011) The trembling can start just a day after they're born. Fevers take hold, and the infants become irritable, belting out constant high-pitched wails. They can have seizures and respiratory problems. In severe cases, they can die within 10 days.

Local celebrities to play Pitch for Pink

( © 06/22/2011) You can help strike out breast cancer at the upcoming Pitch for Pink baseball events. The 6th annual event will benefit breast health services and programs at Morton Plant Mease hospitals.

Make a prescription plan now to stay healthy in a hurricane

( © 06/06/2011) Thinking ahead could be the healthiest thing you do this hurricane season.

Public transportation push continues with BayCare effort 

(Tampa Bay Business Journal © 05/26/2011) Transit advocates say more bus riders could help improve the Tampa Bay economy.

St. Joseph's South hospital now takes shape

(Tampa Bay Business Journal © 05/26/2011) St. Joseph's Hospital executives expect to replicate the success of the one-year-old St. Joseph's Hospital-North in northern Hillsborough County as they prepare to build another St. Joseph's hospital in southern Hillsborough county.

Athlete exams

( © 04/21/11) Morton Plant Mease physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists will provide Pinellas County high school student-athletes free athletic physicals.

Minimally invasive procedures make aortic valve repair easier on patient

( © 04/21/11) Some patients with aortic valve disease may not require open heart surgery to have their faulty valve replaced.

Allowing children to skip car booster eats can create a hazard

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/31/11) Early last week, Kaylin was wearing a seat belt, but was not in a booster seat, while riding in a car that was in an accident. Kaylin was severely injured and required surgery.

Brooksville teen hopeful after surgeries for severe scoliosis

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/24/11) When Amanda Myers wanted to thank the man she credits with saving her life, an off-the-shelf card wouldn't do. So she wrote a poem instead. "You have taken my pain away; you have given me back my childhood," Amanda, 17, told Dr. David Siambanes. "Because of your gift as a surgeon, I have a new life."

Children's Specialty Center opens

( 03/16/11) The collaborative efforts between Morton Plant Mease and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital continues providing more access to specialized pediatric care and strengthened advanced children's care in north Pinellas with a St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center at Mease Countryside Hospital.

Lymph node study may change treatment of breast cancer

(ABC Action News © 03/15/11) Surgeons have been removing lymph nodes from under the arms of breast cancer patients for 100 years, believing it would keep the cancer from spreading, and thereby prolong a woman's life. But removing all lymph nodes often results in debilitating side effects.

Heart rate monitor provides scientific feedback for any fitness goal

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/12/11) Jay Downing, a fitness specialist at the Carillon Wellness Center in St. Petersburg, preaches the benefits of heart rate monitors to all who will listen.

New breast center opens this summer

( © 03/11/11) Later this year, a state of the art breast cancer center will open its doors. Construction is underway on the Axelrod Pavilion at Morton Plant Mease.

Register now for Morton Plant triathlon

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/10/11) Registration is now open for the sixth annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, which will take place at 6:50am June 26 at Sand Key Park in Clearwater.

Dying man saves his brother's life

(ABC Action News © 03/09/11) Shawn Brown tells the story of how his brother's battle with colon cancer, saved his own life. Dr. Anthony Brannan, the St. Joseph's Hospital surgeon who helped Shawn, will be hosting a lecture about colon cancer screenings, prevention and treatment options.

St. Anthony's Hospital celebrates as its new center rises

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/09/11) The final beams for the outside of St. Anthony's Hospital's new $50 million Emergency Center and Patient Care Tower were put in place recently.

Five sleep centers are now fully accredited

(St. Petersburg Times © 03/03/11) All Morton Plant Mease's sleep disorders centers are now fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine.

Hospitals win breastfeeding support award

(St. Petersburg Times © 02/23/11) Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor and Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater have won an award for their efforts to support and educate breastfeeding mothers.

BayCare grows into the future with dominance

(St. Petersburg Times © 02/21/11) Whether you're a Brandon man who needs open-heart surgery, a Clearwater woman with a sleep disorder, a Lutz teen wanting a soccer checkup or a Tampa mom facing a high-risk birth, changes are you'll get care at a hospital or clinic bearing the BayCare name.

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