2006-03-10 / Community

St. John's Pre-Natal Care And Diabetes Programs

Two programs geared towards pregnant women and those learning to live with diabetes are being directed at St. John's Episcopal Hospital.

Women who are pregnant but have no medical insurance may find they are eligible for comprehensive maternity care through the Prenatal Care Assistance Program (PCAP). PCAP offers a range of services for mother and child including: free pregnancy tests, routine pregnancy check-ups and high risk care, hospital care during pregnancy and delivery, full health care until at least two months after delivery, and full health coverage for the baby up to one year of age.

In addition to providing regular pregnancy check-ups, PCAP closely monitors for diabetes, high blood pressure and other high-risk factors.

Uninsured women who do not have Medicaid or any other health insurance are encouraged to contact the Prenatal Care Assistance Program to start receiving care as soon as possible. Prospective patients do not have to be U.S. Citizens to apply. For more information or to make an appointment, call the PCAP at (718) 869-5393 or (718) 869-5394.

The hospital is also conducting a Diabetes Education Program on Monday, March 27. Family practitioner Dr. Lisa Choleff will speak about the prevention of and management of diabetes, as well as the link between diabetes and obesity, insulin resistance and Syndrome X. The free program will be held in the Board Room of St. John's Episcopal Hospital, 327 Beach 19 Street, Far Rockaway.

While providing expert information about living with diabetes, the program offers a forum where questions and comments are welcome. The Diabetes Education Program meets monthly. To find out more about the program, call (718) 869-7116.

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