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Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital among the top hospitals in cardiovascular services, Thomson Reuters study says

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Morton plant tops in cardiovascular services

Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital is the only hospital in the United States named in the Thomson Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study for all 13 years the study has been conducted.

"To achieve this data-driven national ranking year after year is a considerable accomplishment," said Dr. Mahesh Amin, cardiologist and Morton Plant Mease cardiology section chairman. "It can be directly attributed to the collaborative culture developed and maintained by our physicians, nurses and hospital staff."

The Thomson Reuters annual study of more than 1,000 hospitals identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular services.

One example of Morton Plant Hospital's services is its call-back program for heart surgery patients. After patients have gone home, a registered nurse gives them a call to help evaluate the progress of their recovery.

The hospital is also exploring a new FDA-approved transcatheter aortic valve developed by Edwards Lifesciences for patients considered to be too high-risk for traditional valve replacements.

Morton Plant was recognized for outstanding clinical outcomes along with 19 other U.S. hospitals in the category of "teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residency programs." Only one other Florida hospital made the Thomson Reuters list this year, Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart in the category of community hospitals.

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Free Foot and Ankle Screening

Dr. David Fine, a specialist in podiatric medicine and surgery, will conduct a free foot and ankle screening from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.

Seminars, classes and support groups

THE MID-PINELLAS BRAIN TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: 6:30 p.m. today (meets the first and third Thursday of every month), St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, Second Floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Bring a dish to share for a group potluck. Survivors and caregivers are always welcome to attend. Call Kathy Kiley at (727) 442-1819, email, or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupport

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo; and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS): Weight-loss group meetings are 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at the First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS): Meets from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater. (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. For details, visit

Health news should be mailed to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, faxed to (727) 445-4119 or emailed to

Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital among the top hospitals in cardiovascular services, Thomson Reuters study says 11/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 7:53pm]
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