Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

BayCare has earned the following certifications, designations, awards and recognition:

Agency for Health Care Administration: Comprehensive Stroke Centers

  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Morton Plant Hospital 
Both hospitals have been designated comprehensive stroke centers by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and The Joint Commission. St. Joseph's Hospital was one of the first eight stroke centers in Florida to receive this designation.

American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

  • St. Joseph’s Hospital-North
  • St. Joseph's Women's Hospital's Shimberg Breast Center
  • Morton Plant’s Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center
  • St. Anthony’s Susan Shepard McGillicuddy Breast Center

These BayCare facilities were named Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for mammography, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided biopsy and stereotactic biopsy. This designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR's voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

American College of Surgeons: Commission on Cancer

  • Morton Plant Hospital, accredited since 1985
  • Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin Hospitals, accredited since 2004
  • St. Anthony’s Hospital, accredited since 1990
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital, accredited since 1980
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, accredited since 2010

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines®

  • St. Anthony's Hospital:  2012 Gold Plus Quality Award
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital: Gold Plus Quality Award
  • Mease Countryside Hospital: 2012 Gold Plus Quality Award
  • Mease Dunedin Hospital: 2012 Gold Plus Quality Award
  • Morton Plant Hospital: 2012 Silver Plus Quality Award
  • Morton Plant North Bay Hospital: 2012 Silver Quality Award
The Gold Plus Award is the highest quality award given by the AHA for its stroke initiative. It recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.  

Baby-Friendly Designation
  • Morton Plant Hospital
  • Mease Countryside Hospital 
Both hospitals have been designated with "Baby-Friendly" status from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Baby Friendly hospitals have implemented specific steps to support successful breastfeeding.

Bariatric Center of Excellence: American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

  • BayCare’s Carillon Surgery Center

EPA ENERGY STAR Certification

Mease Dunedin and St. Anthony's Hospitals received the EPA's ENERGY STAR for superior energy efficiency. The hospitals were two of only 86 hospitals in the nation to initially receive this recognition. They are two of five hospitals certified in the State of Florida in 2013.

The Joint Commission: Spine Surgery Certification

  • Mease Countryside Hospital
  • Mease Dunedin Hospital
The Mease hospitals are two of only four hospitals in Florida to have this lumbar and cervical spine certification.

HomeCare Elite

Each year only 25 percent of all home care agencies in the United States qualify to be considered as the most successful providers in the industry. Criteria for a successful provider includes quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience, process measure implementation and financial management. The following BayCare HomeCare offices were named to HomeCare Elite status in 2015: Dunedin, New Port Richey, Sarasota and Tampa. 

Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories

  • BayCare Outpatient Imaging (Bardmoor): Accredited in Adult Transthoracic
  • BayCare Outpatient Imaging (Trinity): Accredited in Adult Transthoracic
  • Mease Countryside Hospital: Accredited in Adult Transthoracic; Adult Transesophageal
  • Mease Dunedin Hospital: Accredited in Adult Transthoracic; Adult Transesophageal
  • Morton Plant Hospital: Accredited in Adult Transthoracic; Adult Transesophageal
  • St. Joseph's Children's  Hospital: Accredited in Pediatric Transthoracic; Pediatric Transesophageal; Fetal (The children's hospital's non-invasive cardiology center is one of only a few in Florida to receive ICAEL accreditation in all three areas.)

LEED® Certification

St. Joseph's Hospital-North achieved LEED® Certification when it was constructed in 2010, making it the first acute care green hospital in Florida and among the first in the nation to achieve LEED® certification for its water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, innovation and energy usage.

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

  • Morton Plant Hospital's Comprehensive Breast Center
  • St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center
  • St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital’s Shimberg Breast Center

Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care: Chest Pain Accreditation

  • St. Anthony’s Hospital

The Joint Commission: Primary Stroke Center Advanced Certification

  • Morton Plant Hospital, Gold Seal of Approval (2012)
  • Mease Countryside Hospital, Gold Seal of Approval (2012)
  • Mease Dunedin hospitals recertified with the Gold Seal of Approval (2012)
  • Morton Plant North Bay, Gold Seal of Approval (2012)
  • St. Joseph's Hospital, Gold Seal of Approval (2011)
  • St. Joseph's Hospital-North, Gold Seal of Approval (2011)
  • St. Anthony's Hospital, Gold Seal of Approval (2013)

Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals

Morton Plant Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital in the 100 Top U.S. Hospitals for inpatient care in 2012.