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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospitalist Honored By Society of Hospital Medicine

CLEARWATER, Fla., (August 3, 2011)¾ Morton Plant Hospital is proud to announce its medical director of the hospitalist program, Jordan Messler, MD, has received the Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine (SFHM) designation from the Society of Hospital Medicine. To earn the SFHM designation, hospitalists must demonstrate their dedication to quality and process improvement, commitment to organizational teamwork and leadership, as well as lifelong learning and education.

Dr. Messler is one of 175 hospitalists across the country inducted into the 2011 Society of Hospital Medicine's class of Senior Fellows. Senior Fellows are the national and local leaders in the growing specialty of hospital medicine. Hospitalists are physicians who take care of hospitalized patients who do not have a physician or whose primary care physician prefers to have an on-site medical team in charge of coordinating care. 

"Dr. Messler has been on the forefront of hospital improvement processes and initiatives at Morton Plant Hospital since 2005," said Donald Pocock, MD, Morton Plant Mease chief medical officer. "Because of his dedication to process improvements, our hospital system continues to grow and offer the best quality inpatient care."

Dr. Messler was part of the multidisciplinary team for Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older Adults through Safe Transitions), to implement evidence-based interventions aimed at improving the discharge process and patient satisfaction.  

Project BOOST offered health care teams at Morton Plant Hospital the tools, resources and procedures to prevent readmission within 30 days of discharge for the same condition or ailment. Project BOOST also provided training to communicate and educate patients and their family members about their care after the patient is discharged from the hospital. Project BOOST results show the patient satisfaction scores have exceeded initial target score of 76 percent, at 78 percent patient satisfaction.       

Dr. Messler was also part of the multi-disciplinary team on the Morton Plant Turley Diabetes Project to help underinsured diabetic inpatient or emergency room patients have access to follow up medical care to help manage their disease. In the program, qualified patients receive free diabetic supplies and follow up appointments with family medicine physicians. Last year, the Turley-Diabetes Project received the Florida Hospital Association's Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award.      

Prior to his appointment at Morton Plant, Dr. Messler was an assistant professor in Emory University's Department of Medicine, working in the hospitalist unit at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia.

About Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility. Our commitment to improving the health of everyone we serve is reflected in our community partnerships and many honors. Morton Plant is the only hospital in the United States to have been awarded Top 100 Hospital designations by the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success for a consecutive 12 years. Other hospital honors include: Magnet Designation for the second time by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the most prestigious national recognition of excellence in nursing care, "Baby-Friendly" hospital status from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for its efforts to support mothers' decision to breast feed and received Florida Hospitals Association's Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla.  For more information about Morton Plant Hospital, call (727) 953-6877.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

 BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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