Morton Plant Hospital Hosts Cornerstone Celebration for Doyle Tower

Part of $200 Million Campus Transformation Plan

CLEARWATER, Fla., (March 12, 2015) - Morton Plant Hospital has advanced to the next phase of its master facility plan with a groundbreaking ceremony in which a cornerstone will be set for the Doyle patient and surgical tower. The new tower is the centerpiece of a transformation to help the hospital meet the community’s health care needs for the future. 

The new four-story Doyle Tower, located on the east side of the main hospital building, will feature private rooms, an additional main entrance to the hospital, and new surgical, women’s orthopedic platforms. The new tower is named in honor of Roz Doyle for her support of the hospital’s commitment to improving the health of the community.

“This is a significant milestone in our master facility plan, and we are deeply grateful to Roz Doyle for her support” said Kris Hoce, president of Morton Plant Hospital. 

Additionally, Kate Tiedemann has made a major gift to fund an Intraoperative MRI that will be part of the new surgical platform in the Doyle Tower expected to open next year.

“As health care continues to advance, the support that Roz Doyle and Kate Tiedemann have so generously given, along with all our donors, allows us to move our services and care forward to adapt to the rapidly changing health care landscape,” said Hoce. 

Morton Plant’s $200 million campus transformation project is planned to take approximately four years and be completed in 2016, the hospital’s 100th anniversary. It will add over 200,000 square feet to the hospital’s patient care and ancillary services space. Begun in 2012, the project initially focused on preparing the hospital’s infrastructure and utilities for the campus transformation. 

Project Details
Doyle Tower 
The new Doyle Tower will feature an additional main entrance to improve access and offer a second main entrance to the hospital. The new tower also will include:
  • All private rooms designed to provide patient privacy and accommodate modern surgery.
  • Additional main entrance on the east side of the hospital for improved accessibility.
  • Services offered in the new tower will include: surgery; women’s care; and orthopedics.
  • Surgical services will be centralized on the second floor, including new operating suites, pre-op, PACU, surgery waiting, and surgery support.
  • All women’s services will be on a single level for better patient comfort, convenience of visiting family members, and increased efficiency. The Sarah Walker Maternity Center will offer obstetric urgent care, labor and delivery rooms, postpartum rooms and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit.
  • A new orthopedics unit will have 52 large private rooms, built to accommodate patients’ equipment, such as walkers and wheelchairs, while also providing room for family and visitors, and space for physical therapy.
  • Project architect is Gresham, Smith and Partners, Tampa, and the contractor is JE Dunn Construction, Atlanta.
Emergency Center Expansion 
  • Featuring an entrance relocated closer to the street for easier access, the new Cantonis ER-1 lobby at Morton Plant offers patients and visitors a new waiting room, two new triage rooms, complimentary coffee, charging stations for phones and other electronic devices, and laptop tables.
About Morton Plant Hospital
For nearly a century, Morton Plant Hospital has been committed to improving the health of all we serve through community-owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Our 687-bed hospital is proud to offer nationally recognized care delivered in more than 50 specialty areas. Morton Plant Hospital offers innovative, accessible, and quality services to provide our community with a lifetime of compassionate, convenient care. For more information, call (727) 953-6877, or visit us on Facebook or at 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, Fla.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Comprised of a network of 12 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 280 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s hospitals include: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Women’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, South Florida Baptist and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at