1st Quarter Grants to the Hospitals of Morton Plant Mease

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In the first quarter of 2021, thanks to the community’s support, Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation granted your not-for-profit hospitals more than $2.6 million in support of three programs and 10 capital projects. Please refer to the following descriptions highlighting key grants supported in the first quarter of this year:

Morgan Heart Hospital Hybrid Operative Suite
Thanks to the overwhelming support for the Morgan Heart Hospital Community Challenge, this year’s grant will help fund a second Hybrid Operative Suite where surgeons and interventionalists can work side-by-side to perform complex procedures thanks to its large size.

Mako Robotic Arm System at Mease Dunedin Hospital
When combined with CT data, the Mako software develops a patient specific 3D virtual model that aids with implant positioning. The virtual model allows the surgeon to modify the original pre-operative plan to achieve optimal implant placement for each patient. Once the plan is executed, the robotic arm completes the bone preparation. The high degree of accuracy helps improve the surgical outcome, reduces the risk of dislocation, infection, loosening, and mechanical problems with the implant.
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Tru-D Robots for Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin and Morton Plant North Bay
Short for “total room ultraviolet disinfection”, Tru-D a mobile, automated UV disinfection system used to completely sanitize patient rooms and clinical areas using high-energy blasts of UVC light. The technology allows our hospitals to confidently clean patient environments.

Electronic Fetal Monitors for Labor and Delivery
Our Labor and Delivery departments updated their fetal monitors to ensure we are providing the safest care to our antepartum and intrapartum patients. Electronic fetal monitoring is when the baby’s heart rate is monitored with an ultrasound machine while the mother’s contractions are monitored with a pressure sensor. Both sensors are linked to a recording machine, which shows the baby’s heart rate and the mother’s contractions shown together.

Neonatal Transporter at Mease Countryside Hospital
Mease Countryside Hospital was granted a neonatal transporter to be utilized to transport critical neonates from the main Emergency Department and Operating Rooms to the hospital’s Labor and Delivery Department and NICU. This upgraded piece of technology would allow for safer and more effective immediate stabilization of the preterm infant, which can ultimately lead to decreased length of stay and improved clinical outcomes.

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Mammography Voucher Program (MVP)
Finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. MVP helps to eliminate or reduce the barriers low-income, underinsured Pinellas County women face in obtaining comprehensive breast cancer screenings, diagnostic exams, and breast cancer treatment at no cost to the patient.

Infant and Car Seat Safety Training
Thanks to the proceeds from last year’s LPGA Pelican Women’s Championship through their Birdies for Babies charitable program, this year Morton Plant Hospital will be instituting a class that parents can attend in the community to learn about infant safety and leave with a new convertible car seat that will grow with the infant into childhood.

To learn more about the projects funded by your community investments at the not-for-profit hospitals of Morton Plant Mease, please contact Eric Barsema, Director of Community Impact, at (727) 461-8647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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