Panama City - As the first surgeon to ever practice in Bay County, Dr. Joseph Morris touched a lot of lives. And he'll continue to do so for several more generations.
Bay Medical Center officials named the 4th floor of the new patient tower after Dr. Morris Friday evening. The 4th floor houses the new state-of-the art surgical center. Bay Medical officials felt it was a fitting tribute to Dr. Morris, who died November 4th. He set-up his medical practice in Panama City in 1949. Dr. Morris helped in the early development of Bay Medical by serving on the board of trustees and holding charity clinics on behalf of the hospital.
The honor means a great deal to his family. "I feel good. I feel proud. You know my father passed away a month ago and I was hoping he would be around for this but at the same time I feel very good about this, I think it's appropriate and well-deserved," said Dr. Rodney Morris, Dr. Joseph Morris' son.
Dr. Rodney Morris still practices in his father's office near Bay Medical. He and his wife donated that office and the land to the hospital expansion project in 2009.