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Morton Plant's Revised Strategic Site Plan Headed for City Review

Published:   |   Updated: July 24, 2013 at 02:34 PM
CLEARWATER -

A 20-year master development site plan for Morton Plant Hospital, adopted by its executives and valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, will make its way through the City's development review process starting August 1.
 
The city's Development Review Committee is expected to discuss the hospital's multi-phased plan first before it is passed on to the Community Development Board and the City Council. The redevelopment proposal for the 60-acre hospital campus was submitted to the city last month and is a revision of the hospital's original $84 million master plan approved by the City Council in 2003.
 
According to the development agreement, the scope of the massive project proposes the construction of three new buildings with a combined square footage not to exceed 506,749 feet. The new facilities will accommodate medical offices and ancillary operations including an administration center, surgical floors, education classrooms, waiting areas, gift stores, laundry facilities, and a cafeteria. In the future, offices in the buildings may be available for lease to other medical businesses.
 
In addition, a 75,000-square-foot ambulatory outpatient service center is proposed and the existing rehabilitation hospital may be expanded to accommodate as many as 687 inpatient hospital beds. New parking zones are expected to accommodate as many as 4,878 motor vehicles.
 
A significant phase of the hospital's original long-term strategic plan began last year on the east side of the hospital campus, which presently serves the emergency department, day surgery, pre-op testing and imaging. According to a press release, hospital executives signed a contract with Skanska USA, one of the country's leading project development and construction companies and a division of Swedish company Skanska, to construct a new patient tower and renovate adjacent hospital buildings. The contract value is $148 million.
 
The construction of this new five-story, 230,348 square foot tower includes public and administration spaces; 20 new operating room suites; a women's center, including NICU, C-section operation rooms, and labor and delivery rooms; 50 orthopedic rooms; and mechanical spaces. Construction for the project is expected to be completed by November 2016.
 
Founded in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital was the first hospital built in northern Pinellas County. Today, the 687-bed facility provides care delivered by board-certified physicians and highly trained nurses in more than 50 specialty areas. The hospital and its affiliate, Mease Countryside, were nationally recognized by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals in the U.S. in 2012, a hospital study based on overall organizational performance. Mease Countryside Hospital was recognized on the “large community hospital” list and Morton Plant Hospital made the “teaching hospital” list.
 
The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study 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 heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia.
 
The hospital's strategic leadership and operations have been under the direction of Glenn Waters, who was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He also oversees Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin and Morton Plant North Bay hospitals. He received his Master of Hospital Administration from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, also in Virginia.
 
For more information about Morton Plant Hospital, visit www.mpmhealth.com.
 
jane@clearwatergazette.com

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