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Jordan Messler, MD, Named Glycemic Mentor of Heywood Diabetes Center of Excellence

February 5, 2015

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has announced that Jordan Messler, MD, of Clearwater, Florida has been named as the Glycemic Mentor for Heywood Healthcare’s Diabetes Center of Excellence.

Jordan Messler, MD, FHM, completed his medical education at Emory University. Dr. Messler went on to become an Assistant Professor at the University until 2005. Since, he has worked at Incompass Health, serving as the Medical Director for the Morton Plant Hospitalist group in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Messler is well known for his leadership in system wide improvement projects related to Diabetes Management, VTE prophylaxis and improved care transitions. Currently, he is the Chair of SHM’s Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Committee. Additionally, Dr. Messler has mentored in SHM’s Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation Program and Project BOOST.

The SHM Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation (GCMI) Program supports the development and implementation of glycemic control programs at hospitals nationwide.  The ultimate goal of the program is to optimize the care of inpatients with hyperglycemia and diabetes and to prevent hypoglycemia. The program has become more and more popular within the hospital community and has done tremendous work for hyperglycemic and diabetes patients.

In June 2012, Win Brown, President and CEO of Heywood Healthcare, announced Heywood Hospital’s plan to create a Diabetes Center of Excellence.   Since then, the Heywood Hospital Diabetes Strategic Planning Committee has been worked to achieve and maintain Diabetes Center of Excellence status. In 2013, Heywood Healthcare established a Diabetes Center of Excellence at Athol Hospital, based off the successful program piloted in Gardner.

In October 2014, Heywood Healthcare announced the decision to partner with the SHM in implementing the Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation Program.  The Mentorship program will consist of monthly teleconferences with physicians overseeing the care of hospitalized patients with a diagnosis of diabetes.

Additionally educational opportunities and web based tools will be used to strengthen existing care policies and procedures moving forward.


About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system located in the North Central region of Massachusetts. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25 bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region; and four satellite facilities -Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon, West River Health Center in Orange and Heywood Rehabilitation Center in Gardner; and an affiliate community service provider, the North Quabbin Community Coalition.

About Athol Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Heywood Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, which provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the Center for Behavioral Health; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center; and the Heywood Heart Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.