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Morton Plant Mease

Community Clinics

Community members who are uninsured or under-insured often visit free clinics in their communities for health care. These clinics survive on generous donations-both financial and in-kind - to provide these services to the community. Morton Plant Mease physicians and nurses donated more than 550 hours at two area clinics:

  • Clearwater Free Clinic: Morton Plant Mease is a community partner with the Clearwater Free Clinic, which provides health services to low-income citizens. The clinic operates with volunteers and one paid administrator. When services are beyond the clinic's capability, patients are referred to our hospitals.
  • Good Samaritan Clinic: The Good Samaritan Health Clinic is a not-for-profit organization serving uninsured, low-income Pasco County residents. Services include free primary medical care, dental care and women's care, and treatments for hepatitis C and pulmonary disease.

Faith Community Nursing

Faith Community NursingFaith Community Nursing offers a unique partnership between two healing groups - Morton Plant Mease and churches in area counties. This nursing specialty promotes wellness of body, mind and spirit within the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community. Our Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers work to improve congregational health by encouraging preventative care and referring parishioners to appropriate health resources. Church members learn how to take control of their own well-being and better manage their family's health. In 2014, Faith Community's 100 nurses had direct contact with 22,740 parishioners, conducted 5,748 screenings and volunteered 16,368 hours for 47 local congregations.

Health Professionals Education   

Student clinical experiences afford health care students opportunities to learn skills and knowledge necessary to function in acute care facilities. Students are provided with diverse experiences in multiple patient settings based on the level of education they have received.  Clinical experiences allow students to obtain the guidance, supervision and encouragement necessary to gain competence in clinical techniques.

Nursing students from St. Petersburg College, Pinellas Technical Education Center, Galen College of Nursing, University of South Florida, Pasco-Hernando Community College and Rasmussen College completed their clinical internships at many facilities throughout Morton Plant Mease.

Students pursuing careers in emergency medical services (EMS) also completed internships and clinical rotations at MPM.

Clinical Research

The Clinical Research department provides support and infrastructure for patients and physicians who participate in clinical research studies throughout Morton Plant Mease. In 2013, the department supported research involving pain management, neonatal care, readmission rates, device value, glucose control, inpatient length of stay, federal cooperative cancer research and other studies with far-reaching impacts on the community at large.


St. Anthony's Health Care

St. Anthony’s Hospital is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Our team members and physicians bring this mission to life.

Community benefit is an essential expression of St. Anthony’s commitment to improving the health of the communities it serves. Whether providing charity care to the uninsured or underinsured, donating resources to local free clinics or hosting health education classes and support groups, the hospital generously contributes to the wellbeing of the area population.

Some of our community benefit endeavors include:

Faith Community Nursing

Faith Community Nursing offers a unique partnership between two healing groups – St. Anthony’s Hospital and faith communities. This nursing specialty promotes wellness of body, mind and spirit within the context of the values, beliefs and practices of a faith community. Our faith community nurses work to improve the health of their faith community by encouraging preventative care and referring members to appropriate health resources.

Health Professionals Education   

Student clinical experiences afford health care students opportunities to learn skills and knowledge necessary to function in acute care facilities. Students are provided with diverse experiences in multiple patient settings based on the level of education they have received.  Clinical experiences allow students to obtain the guidance, supervision and encouragement necessary to gain competence in clinical techniques.

St. Anthony’s provides staff time for nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators and other team members was used to educate these future nurses about many aspects of patient care.

Students pursuing careers in physical therapy, radiology, sleep medicine, pharmacy and other health professions also complete internships and clinical rotations at St. Anthony’s.

Support of Community Organizations

St. Anthony’s Hospital believes in providing financial support to organizations whose missions are to improve the health and well-being of our community. Organizations we support include American Cancer Society, Bethel Community Foundation, Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Tampa Bay Chapter, Girls Inc. of Pinellas, Lupus Foundation of Florida, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pinellas County Chapter, St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.

As part of its generous community support, St. Anthony’s Hospital waives rental costs for multiple organizations that use hospital-owned property. Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA), Resurrection House, Boley Centers, The Junior League of St. Petersburg and Alpha House of Pinellas County all receive “rent forgiveness,” enabling these non-profit and not-for-profit entities to devote more of their financial resources to sheltering the homeless, assisting underprivileged children, offering refuge to domestic abuse victims, providing opportunities for people living with mental illness and other individuals in need of basic necessities.

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St. Joseph's Hospitals/South Florida Baptist Hospital

American Cancer Society

The St. Joseph's Hospital Cancer Institute partners with the American Cancer Society to provide and facilitate the following events:

  • Cattle Barons' Ball - An annual American Cancer Society event to raise money to fight cancer and provide services to cancer patients and their families. St. Joseph's Hospital was a major sponsor, contributing $5,000.
  • "Reach to Recovery" Fashion Show & Luncheon - An annual American Cancer Society event to raise money to fight breast cancer and provide services to cancer patients and their families. St. Joseph's Cancer Institute was a title sponsor at $5,000.
  • "Look Good...Feel Better" and "Man to Man" - 21 support group meetings were held reaching 91 people.

American Heart Association 

Heart Disease remains the number one killer of Americans. This partnership focuses on educating the community regarding heart disease and stroke. Sponsorship and participation in Heart Walk: $7,500.

Be Wise Immunize - "Back to School Bash"

The focus of the "Be Wise Immunize" program is to help the local health department and community partners increase the immunization rate of Hillsborough County children. The program primarily serves neighborhoods with low immunization rates, as calculated by the Hillsborough County Health Department. The program allows underserved families and children (infants to age 18) to receive convenient free physicals and immunizations. Two mobile units are used to provide services. The "Back to School Bash" at Blake High School served more than 200 children; 83 of those children received immunizations and 168 received physicals. The St. Joseph's Hospital Community Health team partners with local organizations, such as the Hillsborough County Health Department, Immunization Task Force of Tampa, Kiwanis Club of Tampa, and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Medical Staff.

Family Holiday Gift Baskets

The Christmas Share Project has been a tradition at St. Joseph's Hospital for many years. It is our way of sharing the joy of the holiday season with less fortunate families in our communities. Families in need are identified by staff (i.e., Social Worker) and/or have been a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital during the past year. Wicker baskets, contributed by the Mission Department, are filled with food, gifts and other holiday treats by participating departments for "adopted" families. 74 baskets were distributed to local families.

Healthy Families Hillsborough

Healthy Families Hillsborough (HFH) is a community-based, voluntary home visiting program designed to enable children to grow up healthy, safe and nurtured. HFH exists to enhance family strengths through education and support to increase family functioning. The program has six broad goals for enrolled families:

  • To reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect
  • To enhance parents' ability to create stable and nurturing home environments
  • To promote child health and development
  • To help develop positive parent-child interaction
  • To help ensure that families' social and medical needs are met
  • To ensure families are satisfied with program services

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa provides an assessment component that is essential to the recruitment and service provision for families that qualify for Healthy Family Services. The family assessment workers conducted 6,448 Health Start screens, made 3,697 initials contacts, gave 468 Health Family assessments and provided 9,161 resources and referrals.

Judeo-Christian Clinic

The Judeo-Christian Clinic is the largest free clinic in the Southeast, with approximately 18,000 patient visits yearly. The clinic provides free medical care to uninsured working people.  Medications, diagnostic tests, specialist referrals and hospitalizations are all free through contributions made by physicians, nurses and other health care professionals, as well as corporations, foundations, civic groups and churches. The impressive roster of volunteers includes 500 physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, physical therapists and other professionals including translators. St. Joseph's Hospital contributed more than $1,694,201 in diagnostic testing and provided inpatient and outpatient surgery services to 1,766 patients in the clinic. Those numbers are reflected in our charity care figures.

Parish Nursing

This program is sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital and was established to promote wellness and improve health among members of local congregations of all denominations. Parish Nursing is provided as a community service for people of all faiths, the program is inspired by the values of acceptance, compassion, dignity, hospitality and reverence.

A Healing Partnership

The Parish Nurse Program offers a unique partnership between two healing communities-St. Joseph's Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital and faith fellowships. The program takes a holistic approach to health by promoting wellness of body, mind and spirit. The overall goal of the Parish Nurse program is to assist others in assuming responsibility for personal and family health.

Ecumenical Initiative Benefits:

  • Allows the church to reclaim its traditional healing role
  • Tailors programs and services to the congregation's interests and needs
  • Provides the church with an appealing community outreach program
  • Extends the healing talents of the hospital far beyond institutional walls

St. Joseph's Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital provide the infrastructure for the Parish Nurse Program and assist the faith community by providing recruitment, training, continuing nurse education and parish health screenings. Parish Nurses focused on educating the public on Advanced Directives. Combined, 59 St. Joseph's Hospital and South Florida Baptist Hospital Parish Nurses served over 21,000 participants.

San Jose Mission 

In 1994, the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg founded the San Jose Mission located in Dover, Florida. The mission provides housing, childcare, food, clothing and assistance to the migrant farm worker community of Eastern Hillsborough County. Over the past several years, many new resources have been added including the full-time services of a Parish Nurse.

Sponsored by St. Joseph's Hospital, the Parish Nurse works with all age groups. The Parish Nurse implements strategies to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of the primarily Spanish-speaking population. Serving approximately 256 individuals monthly, the nurse is a knowledgeable and compassionate presence to many who are unable to access basic health and social services. The Parish Nurse made over 300 referrals to health, social service and community agencies.

The Parish Nurse collaborates with other organizations at the San Jose Mission including:

  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Hillsborough County School System
  • Redland Christian Migrant Association
  • St. Vincent De Paul Society
  • University of South Florida
  • WEDU

Universities, Colleges and High Schools

St. Joseph's Hospital partners with numerous local and national schools to help students in various health-related fields fulfill their academic goals and requirements.

Internships

St. Joseph's Hospital provides internships and clinical experiences to students of local and national colleges and universities. Some programs provide stipends and others provide housing for out-of-state interns. Some internship areas include Nursing, Radiology, Phlebotomy, Community Health, Wellness and Exercise Science, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work, Pharmacy, Home Care, Psychology and Diabetes Management.

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