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Morton Plant Mease hospitals recognized in Thomson Reuters 100 Top U.S. Hospitals study

Morton Plant Mease on top hospitals list

Morton Plant Mease Health Care's Morton Plant and Mease Countryside Hospitals have both been nationally recognized in this year's Thomson Reuters 100 Top U.S. Hospitals study based on overall organizational performance. Mease Countryside Hospital is recognized on the "large community hospital" list and Morton Plant Hospital makes the "teaching hospital" list.

"This recognition is a reflection of the commitment and hard work by our teams of physicians, nurses and volunteers at our hospitals to provide quality care to our patients," said Glenn Waters, Morton Plant Mease president. "We are pleased to make the national study list once again and continue to do our best for our patients of our communities."

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study has been conducted annually since 1993 and evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia.

To conduct the study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute-care, non-federal hospitals and utilized information such as core measures, patient satisfaction data, Medicare cost reports, provider analysis and review data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.

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Information is the best medical tool available for diabetes patients and their family.

A registered dietitian will be the special guest speaker at a 10 a.m. diabetes support group meeting Tuesday at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior, 330 Douglas Ave, Dunedin.

Admission is free.

Call (727) 298-3299.

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The Clearwater Aging Well Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, offers health-related lectures as part of its ongoing partnership with the Morton Plant Mease Healthcare System.

The Medical Matters series will focus on "Quality of Sleep A to Zzzzz" at 2 p.m. Tuesday with registered polysomnographic technologist Marietta Bibbs. The manager of Sleep and Neurodiagnostics at Mease Countryside Sleep Disorders Center, Bibbs will offer ways to sleep better.

Refreshments will be served.

Free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Call (727) 724-3070.

Seminars, classes and support groups

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community 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

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


• 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.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or email

• 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at 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.

CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP: Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder, affects one out of every 133 people. There is no cure, but it can be controlled by going on a gluten-free diet. Some find that going gluten-free is not as easy as it sounds. A support group can help. Meetings are at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 734-0561 or email bkelly1@

RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a 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, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008.

• 10 a.m. Saturdays, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749.

Support group is free, but offerings are appreciated.

MID-PINELLAS BRAIN TRAUMA SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819 or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupport

Mail news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or email