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Blessing Hospital to create Diabetes Center

2 years, 4 months ago by Bob Gough

Facility will open in January at 1107 College

Blessing Hospital has announced plans the creation of the Blessing Diabetes Center in its building at 1107 College in Quincy.

“The Blessing Diabetes Center will be a place people can come for education and screening, and to meet with dieticians and physicians, including specialists like eye and foot doctors who can hold clinics in the Center,” said Maureen Kahn, RN, MHA, MSN, president/chief executive officer, Blessing Hospital.

“People with diabetes will no longer have to find their own way through the healthcare system to get the care they need. The support they need to address the many aspects of diabetes will be here at the Blessing Diabetes Center,” she concluded.

Kahn said the Blessing Diabetes Center will open in January 2013 at 1107 College. The building also houses the Memorial-Blessing Bariatric Program and Quincy Medical Group’s Ear, Nose and Throat staff.

Wednesday, November 14 was World Diabetes Day and the first-ever Diabetes Awareness Day in Illinois. In addition to announcing the Diabetes Center, Blessing Hospital hosted a free blood sugar screening.  Nearly 60 people attended.

Diabetes blocks the body’s ability to change sugar into energy.  A person with a blood sugar test result outside the normal range should follow-up with their healthcare provider to determine their risk for developing diabetes.

Diabetes is a growing world epidemic.  The International Diabetes Federation estimates that unless rapid action is taken, one person in 10 will have diabetes by 2030.  In Illinois, 800,000 people currently have diabetes, and another 500,000 have the disease and don’t know it. 

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations and new cases of blindness, and a major cause of heart disease and stroke.  Diabetes related care in Illinois costs more than $7 billion a year.

Making healthier lifestyle choices reduces a person’s risk of developing diabetes, and reduces the risk of complications for those living with diabetes.

For more information on diabetes, visit the Health Library &Wellness Guide under the “Be Well” tab at the top of blessinghealthsystem.org.


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