Morton Plant Named A Top 50 Heart Hospital

November 09, 2015
Hospital’s Cardiovascular Services are Recognized Among the Best in the Nation for the 14th Time

CLEARWATER, Fla., (November 9, 2015) -- Morton Plant Hospital has been selected from more than 1,000 hospitals as a 2016 Truven Health Analytics Top 50 Hospital for cardiovascular care. Identifying the nation's best providers of cardiovascular services, the annual quantitative study has recognized Morton Plant Hospital 14 times. No other hospital in the country has been named a Top Cardiovascular Hospital as many times.  

“We are honored to be recognized as a Top 50 hospital for our heart care,” said Kris Hoce, president, Morton Plant Hospital. “Our cardiovascular team is very aligned and focused toward one mission – providing the best quality cardiovascular care for our patients. To accomplish that, we strive to hold ourselves accountable to highest national standards.”

Using publicly available data, the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is conducted as an annual, objective, quantitative review of hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in heart care. Hospitals named to the 50 Top Hospitals list are considered to provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for cardiovascular care.

“A key factor in our quality performance is the support of our senior management. They work to create a culture that fosters physicians, nurses and support staff working together as a team, constantly looking at national benchmark data and developing new strategies,” said Mahesh Amin, MD, medical director of cardiovascular services, Morton Plant Hospital.

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2013 and 2014 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, 2014 Medicare cost reports and 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals were classified into three comparison groups – Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Programs, Teaching Hospitals without Cardiovascular Programs and Community Hospitals. Morton Plant is ranked in the Teaching Hospitals without Cardiovascular programs category. For more information on the Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, log on to

About Morton Plant Hospital’s Cardiovascular Services
The first hospital in Tampa Bay to perform open heart surgery 40 years ago, Morton Plant Hospital is a Level II cardiac surgery program. The program has received the Society of Thoracic Surgeon’s highest level of recognition, a three-star rating. Through its Morgan Heart Hospital, Morton Plant provides cardiac catheterization labs, electrophysiology labs, cardiovascular surgery operating suites and universal patient rooms, the Morton Plant Structural Heart Center, a multi-disciplinary team performing minimally invasive treatments for valve disease such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) or Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR) and the Heart Function Clinic for the evaluation and treatment of heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation.

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 is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 13 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at