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Skip Cline Society

Young leaders supporting the pediatric programs of Morton Plant Mease
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  • Young Professional Leaders

Skip Cline Society

Skip Cline Society is a group of community minded, young professionals who meet regularly throughout the year for a variety of networking mixers, socials, opportunities to engage with physicians and hospital leadership, and fund-raisers. Their fund-raising focus is to support the pediatric programs and services at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease. Members provide an active voice and energetic support for the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease and the current health-related issues affecting our community.

Skip Cline Society was named in honor of Harry Sykes “Skip” Cline Jr., 18 years after his untimely death. Skip Cline Society was founded in 2004 and has continued to provide a legacy of leadership and fund-raising support for the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

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Member Benefits

  • Hospitality Services and a personal visit from a member of our team for you or your family during your hospital stay
  • Your name prominently displayed on the Wall of Honor at either Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, Mease Countryside or Mease Dunedin hospital
  • Special membership rates at the BayCare Fitness Centers, including initial membership waived and a discounted monthly membership fee
  • Subscription to the Foundation’s Circle Magazine and Philanthropy Report, which will update you on Foundation events and hospital happenings
  • Invitations to members-only special events, such as physician lecture series and socials
  • The knowledge that you are making a significant difference to the patients we serve

How to Get Involved

Members may join Skip Cline Society with an annual gift that is 100% tax-deductible and will help to support the pediatric programs at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

  • Skip Cline Society Advocate Member (ages 21-29 years old) – $250 annual/$20.83 monthly contribution
  • Skip Cline Society Member – $500 annual/$41.67 monthly contribution
  • Friends of Skip Cline Member – $750 annual/$62.50 monthly contribution

If you are interested in making your membership contribution in monthly or quarterly installments, please contact Lindsey Daniel, Manager of Annual Philanthropy, at (727) 461-8636 or Lindsey.Daniel@BayCare.org.

Skip Cline Society Funded Grants

  • 2022 Awarded Grant

Physiological Monitors for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): $75,000

The physiologic monitors in Mease Countryside Hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provide essential information to the care team on the status of our infants receiving critical care. Using this information, the clinical staff can better evaluate a patient’s condition and make appropriate treatment decisions.

These new monitors and system are also quieter and feature improved alarm management. This system includes a central station monitor that receives and displays information and a set of monitors that are at the bedside to provide physiologic data from each patient.

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Recent Grants

  • 2020 Awarded Grant

Pediatric Toy Drive for Mease Countryside Hospital

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Mease Countryside Hospital experienced an increase in children needing to be treated at the hospital. While the hospital’s Child Life team specializes in meeting the psychosocial, emotional, developmental and recreational needs of patients, they desperately needed new toys, games and activities for these kids.

Due to an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, the hospital’s toys and games were being sent home with the families once discharged, rather than trying to disinfect them. This caused an extreme shortage of items available for the kids admitted to the hospital. Thanks to the Skip Cline Society, members helped purchase items from our Amazon Wish List that were distributed to the hospital’s pediatric population.

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  • 2021 Awarded Grant

CT Pediatric Relaxation Experience at Mease Countryside

Our child life specialists aim to decrease stress and anxiety for our pediatric patients by providing atraumatic experiences with developmentally appropriate interventions. Our pediatric population can perceive CT scans as threatening and scary due to the lack of cognitive maturity to understand that it’s not a threat.

Research has shown that short and long-term psychological effects can result from stressful or invasive medical procedures performed on children in the Radiology department. We know that enhancing the environment in our ER CT room will be effective in minimizing children’s fears and increase their cooperation, providing a positive medical experience. The projector’s images can be changed to best meet each patient’s specific needs.

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  • 2019 Awarded Grant

CuddleCot for Mease Countryside and Morton Plant Hospitals

Thanks to the support from the Skip Cline Society, CuddleCots will help provide the “gift of time” for grieving families of stillborn babies to properly bond with their baby through a cooling pad placed in crib, basket or bed. The cooling device preserves the baby’s body in a bassinet or crib so that he or she can remain up to five days in a hospital room, extending the time families have to bond with infant.

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  • 2018 Awarded Grant

Pediatric Emergency Department Sensory Cart

This grant provided funding to support children in Mease Countryside Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) with a mobile sensory cart and helped replace the ceiling tiles in the pediatric area so they are more suitable for pediatric patients with sensory issues.

These items go a long way towards better serving patients with sensory issues, developmental delays, and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Past Grants

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  • 2017 Awarded Grant

Mease Countryside Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department

In 2017, Skip Cline Society supported the remodeling of a separate waiting area for pediatric patients in the emergency department at Mease Countryside Hospital, complete with bubble wall, iPads and a kid friendly environment.

Amount of 2017 Funding – $52,417

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  • 2016 Awarded Grant

HALO SleepSacks for Newborns

The HALO SleepSack is a wearable blanket which is intended to eliminate the likelihood that a baby can get entangled with clothing and loose bedding during sleep.

The SleepSack wearable blanket is sleeveless and is worn over pajamas to take the place of loose blankets. Our funding provides a sleep sack for every newborn to take home for safer sleep.

Amount of 2016 Funding – $46,000

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  • 2015 Awarded Grant

AccuVein Vein Finder

This amazing device shows the location of a patient’s veins and helps nurses easily choose a suitable vein to minimize unnecessary sticks.

Amount of 2015 Funding – $9,812

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  • 2014 Awarded Grant

Multi-Sensory Rover

The multi-sensory rover offers a broad range of sensory experience designed to offer Mease Countryside Hospital’s pediatric patients the opportunity to exercise choice. The mobile cart contains a complete sensory environment that can be used for distraction or relaxation.

Amount of 2014 Funding – $21,400

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  • 2013 Awarded Grant

iPads at Mease Countryside Hospital

iPads provide direct engagement for children — helping to not only distract the patient, but offer educational games and videos to help children and their parents understand what’s happening while they’re in the hospital.

2013 Funding – $6,800

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  • 2012 Awarded Grant

Giraffe OmniBed & Broselow Pediatric Cart

The Giraffe OmniBed for Mease Countryside Hospital is an all‐in‐one neonatal care station providing a developmentally supportive, critical care environment for our high acuity newborns.

Broselow Color Coded Carts facilitate the care of our pediatric patients with the needed medication and equipment in an emergency situation.

Amount of 2012 Funding – $62,901

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  • 2010 & 2011 Awarded Grant

SimNewB & Pediatrics Wish List

In 2010 and 2011, Skip Cline Society provided funding for another baby simulator for physician and nurse training and crossed numerous smaller items off the pediatric department wish list!

2010-2011 Funding – $65,122

BabySim
  • 2009 Awarded Grant

BabySim

The BabySim is an interactive baby simulator that helps our caregivers practice assessment and treatment of infant conditions in a realistic learning environment.

2009 Funding – $74,780

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.

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