Morton Plant's New Pavillion Offers One-Stop Breast Care In Clearwater

Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater has started construction on a building dedicated to breast health. When finished, patients will find one-stop care for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Construction is slated to be complete in May 2011.

The 103,500-square-foot, four-story Axelrod Pavillion will house the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center, the Carlisle Imaging Center and the Comprehensive Breast Care Center of Tampa Bay. An oncology resource library and Cancer Patient Support Services will also be housed in the new building.

"By creating a new outpatient center on the Morton Plant Hospital campus, we will be able to better centralize certain imaging and diagnostic procedures while providing more space for our comprehensive breast health services," says Hal Ziecheck, the hospital's chief operating officer. "It will give patients more convenient access to imaging services in a centralized location."

The imaging center provides a full range of imaging services, including X-ray, MRI, PET/CT, ultrasound, DEXA and mammography. The Breast Care Center offers the services of Dr. Peter Blumencranz and Dr. Kathleen Allen, both of whom specialize in treating breast cancer.

Creative Contractors of Clearwater is handling the construction. According to Josh Bomstein, Creative Contractor's VP of business development, the Axelrod Pavilion will be Pinellas County's newest and greenest medical office building. "Following the first rule of medicine, this building will 'do no harm.' It will be energy and water efficient with healthful materials to provide a superior indoor environment for patients and doctors alike."

The Axelrod Pavillion is named for Shirley and Harvey Axelrod, supporters of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Hal Ziecheck, Morton Plant; Josh Bomstein, Creative Contractors

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