Morton Plant Hospital Celebrates Topping Out of New Tower

July 14, 2016

Tower Scheduled for Completion in 2017

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 14, 2016) -- Morton Plant Hospital celebrated a major milestone in its construction of the Doyle patient and surgical tower with the “Topping Out” ceremony July 1.

The ‘Topping Out’ ceremony is a long-standing tradition in construction derived from an ancient Scandinavian builders rite held when the highest beam of steel is placed atop a structure during construction.

When completed in 2017, the Doyle Patient and Surgical Tower will add approximately 200,000 square feet to the hospital’s patient care and ancillary services space. The four-story Doyle Tower, named in honor of Roz Doyle for her support of the hospital’s commitment to improving the health of the community, will feature private rooms, a new surgical center, a single level for women’s services and orthopedic units, and an additional main entrance to the hospital.

Additionally, Kate Tiedemann has generously provided funding for an Intraoperative MRI that will be a part of the new surgical platform in the Doyle Tower.

“Today is a great day for Morton Plant Hospital as we move ever closer to the completion of our $200 million campus transformation project,” said Kris Hoce, president of Morton Plant Hospital. “Completion of this project provides us with the facilities needed to continue our rich history of providing outstanding care to our community.”

Project Details

Doyle Tower   
  • New patient and surgical tower located adjacent to the Adler and Morgan buildings
  • Large, private rooms for patient privacy and space to accommodate modern technology
  • Additional main entrance to improve campus access and offer second entrance to main hospital
  • Surgery, women’s care, and orthopedics each will be aligned on their own designated levels for more efficiency, and to improve patient, visitor, and physician satisfaction
  • Centralizes surgical services to the second and third floors, including Pre-Op, PACU, Surgery Waiting, and Surgery Support 
  • All women’s services will be located on a single level for better patient comfort and increased efficiency
  • Project architect is Gresham, Smith and Partners, Tampa, and the contractor is JE Dunn Construction, Atlanta.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Since 1916, 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. Check out information on Morton Plant’s 100th Anniversary at For more information, call (727) 953-6877, or visit us on Facebook or at 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, Fla. 

About BayCare Health System

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