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Morton Plant Mease

Community Clinics

Community members who are uninsured or under-insured often visit free clinics in their communities for health care. These clinics survive on generous donations - both financial and in-kind - to provide these services to the community. Morton Plant Mease physicians and nurses donated more than 400 hours at four area clinics:

  • Clearwater Free Clinic: Morton Plant Mease is a community partner with the Clearwater Free Clinic, which provides health services to low-income citizens. The clinic operates with volunteers and one paid administrator. When services are beyond the clinic's capability, patients are referred to our hospitals.
  • Good Samaritan Clinic: The Good Samaritan Health Clinic is a not-for-profit organization serving uninsured, low-income Pasco County residents. Services include free primary medical care, dental care and women's care, and treatments for hepatitis C and pulmonary diseases.
  • La Clinica Guadalupana: La Clinica Guadalupana is a free clinic that provides health care to Pinellas County's rapidly growing Hispanic community. Services include primary, gynecological and pediatric care; free health screenings; and immunizations.
  • Willa Carson Health Resource Center: The Willa Carson Health Resource Center in Clearwater provides basic health services to community members at no charge. Services include blood pressure tests, diabetes screenings, lead screenings, physicals and tuberculosis (TB) testing.

Community Lectures

With our mission to improve the health of the communities that we serve, Morton Plant Mease held several free community lectures, educating the community on more than 20 different health-related topics:

  • Asthma, COPD & Lung cancer 
  • Breast Health 
  • Breastfeeding & Lactation Education
  • Childhood & Parenting 
  • Diabetes 
  • Heart Health 
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Seniors' Health
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sports Safety
  • Stroke Education

Health Fairs

Morton Plant Mease participated in six health fairs, serving more than 500 community members. The health fairs were held at a variety of locations, including the following:

  • City of Clearwater SwimFest
  • Clearwater Threshers Wellness Wednesdays
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Health Fair
  • Religious Community Services (RCS) Food Bank Summerfest Concert
  • Ridgecrest Elementary School Health Fair
  • Women and Children's Expo

Health Screenings

Morton Plant Mease screened more than 2,500 community members on many diseases and conditions, including balance disorders, heart disease, memory disorders, scoliosis, skin cancer and stroke. The health screenings were conducted at many venues, such as schools, churches and hospital-sponsored events. 

In addition, Morton Plant Mease provided high school athletic screenings to more than 200 students. Our screenings included EKG testing to monitor the heart health of these young athletes. We were the only free athletic screenings to offer EKG testing in Pinellas County.

Insufficiently Funded Aftercare Program

Uninsured patients needing care after being discharged from the hospital can have a difficult time finding a facility or agency to assist them. For patients treated at Morton Plant Mease hospitals, the Insufficiently Funded Aftercare Program assists them with placement in nursing homes, ambulatory outpatient centers and home health care agencies. Morton Plant Mease pays for these services so the patient will not be charged. The total amount paid for aftercare was $111,290.

Parish Nurse Services

Parish Nurse Services offers a unique partnership between two healing groups - Morton Plant Mease and churches in area counties. The program takes a holistic approach to health by promoting wellness of body, mind and spirit. Church members learn how to take control of their own well-being and better manage their family's health. 76 parish nurses helped 10,197 parishioners, conducted 4,659 screenings and volunteered more than 7,400 hours.

Support Groups

Morton Plant Mease provides support groups to the community on a wide variety of topics ranging from cancer to motherhood. We had more than 20 active support groups throughout Pasco and Pinellas counties:

  • A.W.A.K.E. Support Group 
  • Alzheimer's Caregiver Group 
  • Better Breathers Support Group 
  • Breastfeeding Support Groups 
  • Look Good, Feel Better Support Group 
  • LUNA Support Group 
  • Prostate Cancer Discussion Group
  • RTS Bereavement Support Group
  • Smoking Cessation Support Group
  • Stroke Support Groups
  • Tampa Bay ICD Support Group
  • Thyroid Cancer Support Group
  • United Ostomy of America Support Group
  • Weight Loss Support Groups
  • Women's Cancer Support Group
  • Women's Cardiac Support Group


St. Anthony's Health Care

Alpha House

Property leased to Alpha House by St. Anthony's Health Care for $1 per year. Market value of rent forgiven: $5,000. 

American Heart Association

Nearly 100 St. Anthony's Health Care team members and their family members supported the efforts of the American Heart Association (AHA) in an effort to help prevent heart disease by participating in the American HeartWalk.

American Red Cross
American Red Cross held classes at St. Anthony's Health Care to benefit the community by educating residents on CPR/AED for the professional rescuer, Infant & child CPR, Adult CPR, and First Aid. 

Market value of rent forgiven: $5,000.
Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) 

Boley Centers for Behavioral Health Care
Property leased to Boley by St. Anthony's Health Care for $1 per year provided the location for affordable housing for the homeless. Services provided by Boley include mental health treatment, various levels of housing, case management and vocational services. Boley and St. Anthony's Health Care often refer patients to each other.

Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA) provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for battered women and their children. St. Anthony's Health Care is a community leader in support of CASA and has had representation on CASA's board of trustees since 1997. St. Anthony's Health Care sponsored the annual CASA Peace Breakfast. Funds raised supported the 24-hour crisis line, advocacy, community education and shelter. Fourteen apartments for at-risk families have been built on this land, housing nearly 600 women and children. The first seven units opened in December 1999. CASA opened the final units in 2001.

Market value of rent forgiven: $30,000.
Florida Blood Services

Six blood drives were held at St. Anthony's Health Care. Team members donated much-needed blood for community distribution. Over 300 pints of blood were collected. 

Medical Explorers 
St. Anthony's Health Care sponsored a troop of 28 high school students who explored medical careers at St. Anthony's Health Care through the Medical Explorers Program. Medical Explorers have opportunities to observe various aspects of health care such as radiology, nursing, medicine and laboratory technology. The Explorers also shadow physicians. Exploring is a "Learning for Life" program affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. 

Pinellas Alliance for Breast Cancer
St. Anthony's Health Care is a provider of free breast cancer screenings, diagnostic and treatment services for the Mammography Voucher Program (MVP), a program established by the Pinellas Alliance for Breast Cancer and funded by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation local affiliate. $15,888 dollars worth of free services were provided to the community.

  • 48 Screening Mammograms
  • 25 Diagnostic Mammograms
  • 24 Ultrasounds
  • 2 Ultrasound Guided biopsies

Pinellas Care Clinic
In partnership with Catholic Charities, St. Anthony's Health Care opened the Pinellas Care Clinic in 1997 to assist HIV-infected adults. The clinic works in collaboration with a similar one in Tampa-St. Joseph's TAMPA Care Clinic. This ambulatory care clinic was opened with grants from the Ryan White CARE Act and the Florida Department of Health. The Clinic also collaborates with community resources and local physicians to offer free patient education counseling services, nutritional assessment and counseling and health screenings. In addition, medical care, research trials and specialty referrals also are provided.
Parish Nurse Program 

The Parish Nurse Program offers a unique partnership between two healing groups - St. Anthony's Health Care and faith congregations. The program takes a wholistic approach to health by promoting wellness of body, mind and spirit. St. Anthony's Health Care provides the infrastructure for Parish Nurse ministries and outreach, and fulfills a supportive role to the faith community by providing recruitment, training and continuing education for Parish Nurses. Parishes Nurses in the SAHC service area saw 5,830 clients and made 383 referrals for service. 35 Parish Nurses serve in 19 churches in the SAHC service area, reporting 2992 hours of community service. 

Resurrection House

Property leased to Resurrection House for $1 per year provides a location for long-term transitional housing for single parents or families with minor children. Programs offered are designed to foster self-sufficiency including educational referrals and employment assistance, case management, tutoring, life skills classes, counseling and job skills training. This program served 16 families.

Market value of rent forgiven: $15,000.

St. Anthony's Triathlon
St. Anthony's Triathlon has been one of St. Petersburg's signature events for the past 24 years. The event consists of St. Anthony's Triathlon, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon and a free sports and fitness expo open to the public. The competitive field included 4,000 participants from 44 states and 12 countries. According to the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Convention & Visitors Bureau, the annual economic impact of the event is more than $4.1 million.

The Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a mini-triathlon for youth and novice adults, kicked off the activities during triathlon weekend with 500 participants. 
Team In Training® (TNT), the world's largest endurance sports training program, selected St. Anthony's Triathlon as a national fundraising event for the past five years. Participants raise funds for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research and patient services in exchange for training, support and lodging and airfare to the event of their choice. According to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, last year's 650 TNT participants in St. Anthony's Triathlon raised $2,100,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research. Additional charities supported include the Prostate Cancer Foundation ($17,550), Miles for Moffitt ($81,900), the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure ($1,170,000), the Suburu Women's Triathlon ($11,700), the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon ($23,400) and Pediatric Services for Kids ($29,250) for a total of $3,443,000.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic Health Center
St. Anthony's Health Care's partnership with the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Health Center supports efforts to provide medical services to the working poor and elderly of St. Petersburg. St. Anthony's Health Care provided $7,687 worth of free medical care to economically disadvantaged patients.  


St. Joseph's Hospitals/South Florida Baptist Hospital

American Cancer Society

The St. Joseph's Hospital Cancer Institute partners with the American Cancer Society to provide and facilitate the following events:

  • Cattle Barons' Ball - An annual American Cancer Society event to raise money to fight cancer and provide services to cancer patients and their families. St. Joseph's Hospital was a major sponsor, contributing $5,000.
  • "Reach to Recovery" Fashion Show & Luncheon - An annual American Cancer Society event to raise money to fight breast cancer and provide services to cancer patients and their families. St. Joseph's Cancer Institute was a title sponsor at $5,000.
  • "Look Good...Feel Better" and "Man to Man" - 21 support group meetings were held reaching 91 people.

American Heart Association 

Heart Disease remains the number one killer of Americans. This partnership focuses on educating the community regarding heart disease and stroke. Sponsorship and participation in Heart Walk: $7,500.

Be Wise Immunize - "Back to School Bash"

The focus of the "Be Wise Immunize" program is to help the local health department and community partners increase the immunization rate of Hillsborough County children. The program primarily serves neighborhoods with low immunization rates, as calculated by the Hillsborough County Health Department. The program allows underserved families and children (infants to age 18) to receive convenient free physicals and immunizations. Two mobile units are used to provide services. The "Back to School Bash" at Blake High School served more than 200 children; 83 of those children received immunizations and 168 received physicals. The St. Joseph's Hospital Community Health team partners with local organizations, such as the Hillsborough County Health Department, Immunization Task Force of Tampa, Kiwanis Club of Tampa, and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Medical Staff.

Family Holiday Gift Baskets

The Christmas Share Project has been a tradition at St. Joseph's Hospital for many years. It is our way of sharing the joy of the holiday season with less fortunate families in our communities. Families in need are identified by staff (i.e., Social Worker) and/or have been a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital during the past year. Wicker baskets, contributed by the Mission Department, are filled with food, gifts and other holiday treats by participating departments for "adopted" families. 74 baskets were distributed to local families.

Healthy Families Hillsborough

Healthy Families Hillsborough (HFH) is a community-based, voluntary home visiting program designed to enable children to grow up healthy, safe and nurtured. HFH exists to enhance family strengths through education and support to increase family functioning. The program has six broad goals for enrolled families:

  • To reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect
  • To enhance parents' ability to create stable and nurturing home environments
  • To promote child health and development
  • To help develop positive parent-child interaction
  • To help ensure that families' social and medical needs are met
  • To ensure families are satisfied with program services

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa provides an assessment component that is essential to the recruitment and service provision for families that qualify for Healthy Family Services. The family assessment workers conducted 6,448 Health Start screens, made 3,697 initials contacts, gave 468 Health Family assessments and provided 9,161 resources and referrals.

Judeo-Christian Clinic

The Judeo-Christian Clinic is the largest free clinic in the Southeast, with approximately 18,000 patient visits yearly. The clinic provides free medical care to uninsured working people.  Medications, diagnostic tests, specialist referrals and hospitalizations are all free through contributions made by physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, as well as corporations, foundations, civic groups and churches. The impressive roster of volunteers includes 500 physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, physical therapists and other professionals including translators. St. Joseph's Hospital contributed more than $1,694,201 in diagnostic testing and provided inpatient and outpatient surgery services to 1,766 patients in the clinic. Those numbers are reflected in our charity care figures.

Parish Nursing

This program is sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital and was established to promote wellness and improve health among members of local congregations of all denominations. Parish Nursing is provided as a community service for people of all faiths, the program is inspired by the values of acceptance, compassion, dignity, hospitality and reverence.

A Healing Partnership

The Parish Nurse Program offers a unique partnership between two healing communities-St. Joseph's Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital and faith fellowships. The program takes a holistic approach to health by promoting wellness of body, mind and spirit. The overall goal of the Parish Nurse program is to assist others in assuming responsibility for personal and family health.

Ecumenical Initiative Benefits:

  • Allows the church to reclaim its traditional healing role
  • Tailors programs and services to the congregation's interests and needs
  • Provides the church with an appealing community outreach program
  • Extends the healing talents of the hospital far beyond institutional walls

St. Joseph's Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital provide the infrastructure for the Parish Nurse Program and assist the faith community by providing recruitment, training, continuing nurse education and parish health screenings. Parish Nurses focused on educating the public on Advanced Directives. Combined, 59 St. Joseph's Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital Parish Nurses served over 21,000 participants.

San Jose Mission 

In 1994, the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg founded the San Jose Mission located in Dover, Florida. The mission provides housing, childcare, food, clothing and assistance to the migrant farm worker community of Eastern Hillsborough County. Over the past several years, many new resources have been added including the full-time services of a Parish Nurse.

Sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital, the Parish Nurse works with all age groups. The Parish Nurse implements strategies to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of the primarily Spanish-speaking population. Serving approximately 256 individuals monthly, the nurse is a knowledgeable and compassionate presence to many who are unable to access basic health and social services. The Parish Nurse made over 300 referrals to health, social service and community agencies.

The Parish Nurse collaborates with other organizations at the San Jose Mission including:

  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Hillsborough County School System
  • Redland Christian Migrant Association
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • University of South Florida
  • WEDU

Universities, Colleges and High Schools

St. Joseph's Hospital partners with numerous local and national schools to help students in various health-related fields fulfill their academic goals and requirements.


St. Joseph's Hospital provides internships and clinical experiences to students of local and national colleges and universities. Some programs provide stipends and others provide housing for out-of-state interns. Some internship areas include Nursing, Radiology, Phlebotomy, Community Health, Wellness and Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work, Pharmacy, Home Care, Psychology and Diabetes Management.


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