The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Shore Health System is now open at The Memorial Hospital at Easton. The center will provide services to individuals age 18 and older for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Over 20 million Americans have diabetes, which is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetes can lead to many medical complications, including heart attack, stroke, blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and poor circulation. In America, diabetes leads to the death of an estimated 224,000 people each year.
Priya Krishnamurthy, MD, medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Shore Health System, says, “At our center, we will work with people newly diagnosed with diabetes and those who have had the disease for many years. They will have at their disposal years of research and an array of medical and lifestyle strategies to help them live with the disease.”
Dr. Krishnamurthy adds, “We will maintain collaborative relationships with primary care physicians for whose patients we provide diabetes consultation, education and ongoing management of their health.”
The Joslin Diabetes Center is the foremost diabetes research, clinical care and education center in the world. Joslin’s concentrated focus on a single disease allows it to discover, create and distribute new knowledge about diabetes prevention, treatment options and research toward a cure and to expand global efforts to combat the disease.
The Shore Health System Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate is part of the University of Maryland Medical System Joslin Affiliate Program and is the only diabetes specialty clinic on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Memorial Hospital offers a multidisciplinary program, which includes the services of endocrinologists and nurses who are certified diabetes educators and a registered dietician.
Nancy Barger, RN, CDE, manager of the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Shore Health System, says, “Education is the primary focus at our Joslin Diabetes Center. Even before someone receives a diabetes diagnosis, we are here to discuss pre-diabetic conditions and to offer advice on how to prevent the early symptoms from developing into a more serious medical condition.”
The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Memorial Hospital will offer nutrition counseling and other educational support, including advice on exercise, stress reduction and lifestyle modifications.
The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Shore Health System is located at Memorial Hospital, 219 S. Washington Street in Easton. Patients coming for an appointment enter the hospital through the Edward B. and Mildred H. Freeman Outpatient Center on the south side of the hospital. Free valet parking is available. For more information, call 410-228-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5757.