Gardner, MA – Heywood Hospital has named Kal Kalava, MD, head of the Spine and Pain Care Center in the Hospital’s new Center for Specialty Care. Dr. Kalava is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and brings an extensive background in pain management to Heywood and the Greater Gardner community. Dr. Kalava received his medical education at Osmania Medical College in India and has studied at major healthcare centers throughout the country, completing his residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and fellowship training in interventional pain management at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana.
“High quality pain management is a much needed service in our region,” stated Heywood Hospital president and CEO Win Brown. “We are extremely excited to have Dr. Kalava join our team and add this niche service. Dr. Kalava’s experience in pain management will pair wonderfully with the array of treatments we already offer, included our Diabetes Center of Excellence and care offered by our oncology staff. With the addition of each service, we are able to bring the most advanced and complete care to our community.”
In conjunction with general pain management, Dr. Kalava’s practice will offer spine and joint injections, spinal cord stimulation, nerve blocks, epidural and facet injections and MILD procedures, a technique used to treat lumbar spinal stenosis.
The Spine and Pain Care Center at Heywood Hospital is now open and Dr. Kalava is accepting new patients. The office can be reached at 978-630-5045 and is located on the Hospital’s main campus.
About North Central Healthcare
North Central 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, 153-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Memorial Hospital, a 25 bed not-for-profit, acute care Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group; three satellite facilities -Winchendon Health Center, West River Health Center and Heywood Rehabilitation Center, Heywood Realty and a Charitable Foundation.
About Heywood Hospital
Part of the North Central Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 153-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 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. Heywood’s nationally recognized Transitional Care Center has been consistently ranked among the best long-term and rehabilitation centers in the nation by US News and World Report. In addition to the main campus, Heywood Hospital has two satellite facilities, the Winchendon Health Center in Winchendon and the Heywood Rehab Center in Gardner, as well as a number of primary and specialty care practices in the region. Heywood Hospital also operates a school-based health center, the Murdock Health Center at the Murdock Middle-High School in Winchendon.