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Lois Odence Planters

Helping nurses alleviate the financial pressures of working and attending school
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  • SOWING THE SEEDS FOR NURSES

Lois Odence Planters

The mission of Planters is to create a social, educational, and fundraising network for those interested in the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease. The purpose of Planters membership is to provide supplemental financial support to Morton Plant Mease nurses and nursing students through the Lois Odence Nursing Education and Technology Fund. Since 2001, nearly $500,000 has been awarded to more than 200 nursing students.

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Logo with text ''Planters'' and ''Sowing the seeds for nurses,'' featuring an illustration of a person watering a plant.

Planters began in the spring of 1992 by a group of women interested in becoming more involved in Morton Plant Hospital and its Foundation. As more women joined the core group of founders, a Spring Tea was planned and a mission was created: “To establish an educational, social and fund-raising network for those within the Morton Plant Foundation Family and to create and support community outreach, Foundation programs and events.”

In 2001, The Lois Odence Endowment was established with gifts made in memory of Mrs. Odence, a Planters founder, with an emphasis on nursing. Each year, scholarships are awarded to nursing students at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care to help defray expenses beyond their nursing school needs – such as childcare and transportation.

To better support our extraordinary nurses, the Lois Odence Nursing Scholarship Fund is now expanding to fund both nursing scholarships and the acquisition of technology to better provide our nurses with the tools necessary to enhance their caregiving and learning. This expanded fund is now called the Lois Odence Nursing Education and Technology Fund.

Designated to the Lois Odence Nursing Education and Technology Fund, membership levels start at $100 annually and offer a variety of benefits:

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Transforming Health Care Through Philanthropy

For more than 45 years, Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation has provided philanthropic support to the not-for-profit hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care, including Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. The close connection between the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease and their neighbors reveal a unique spirit of giving – a relationship characterized by people caring for the hospitals that care for them.

Donor information is kept strictly confidential. We will not share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations without written consent from the donor.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES ON THEIR WEBSITE (www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com) OR AT 1-800-435-7352. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. MORTON PLANT MEASE HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION, FLORIDA REGISTRATION #CH321 RECEIVES 100% OF ALL CONTRIBUTIONS AND DOES NOT USE PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISING SOLICITORS. Please write, email or call us if you wish to have your name removed from the list to receive fund-raising requests supporting the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care and their affiliates.

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