BayCare's Morton Plant Hospital Opens New Doyle Tower

September 26, 2017

Advanced Technology and Patient-Friendly Services Help to Improve Patient and Visitor’s Experience

CLEARWATER, Fla., (September 26, 2017) -- Morton Plant Hospital has transformed its campus to meet the future health care needs of the community with the new Doyle Tower. Adding approximately 200,000 square feet and a second main entrance to the hospital, the Doyle Tower is a new four-story patient and surgical building featuring all private rooms, a new surgical center, women’s services, and an orthopedic center.

Each clinical area is on its own designated floor to create a continuous platform of care. 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.

“For more than 100 years, Morton Plant Hospital has been constantly evolving to provide our patients with excellent quality care. This latest chapter in our evolution combines advanced technology with patient-centered care to help patients maximize healing and recovery,” said Kris Hoce, president, Morton Plant Hospital and senior vice president for BayCare Health System’s West Region.

Technology & Design
“The new Doyle Tower gives us the opportunity to bring in the latest surgical and patient care technology,” said Hoce. “In addition to new and more spacious settings, we can provide patients with advanced care.” All patient floors have been developed with a continuous platform design to enhance efficiency and streamline processes. On the surgical floor, an intraoperative MRI has been added and allows for patients to be scanned during surgery giving surgeons the opportunity to visualize surgical results during an operation which can provide improved results. Built-in robotic equipment also creates surgical suites dedicated solely to minimally invasive robotic surgery. 

Patient Care and Comfort
“In designing the Doyle Tower, we looked to elements that would help enhance patient care and comfort in a healing environment that visitors could enjoy as well,” said Hoce. Cool neutral tones, wood accents and artwork to reflect Clearwater’s closeness to the water work to create a feeling of modern serenity. 

“On the first floor, we have created seating areas and other spaces for relaxation,” said Hoce. This includes the Lisa O. Etheridge and George W. Jr., Family Tranquility Garden and a Starbuck’s Coffee Shop. The Dimmitt Family Auditorium seats up to 270 for community lectures and clinical seminars.

“Patient rooms and clinical spaces were designed with input from nurses, physicians and patients,” said Hoce. “For the patient spaces, we looked for features you might see in a boutique hotel so that patients and their visitors could be as comfortable as possible while in the hospital.” Those elements include spacious patient rooms, soothing color palates, miniature refrigerators, hair dryers and comfortable furniture. 

Costs for the entire Doyle Tower project are $200 million. Morton Plant plans to move hospital departments into the new building on a rotating schedule during the month of October. 

The 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. 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 14 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