The program was moderated by PHC staffer Rachel Hoedlin-Wetzal. The Peninsula Hospital Center hosted its first annual Diabetes Awareness Day on Monday, November 17, at the hospital on Beach 51 Street. The event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featured lots of presentations about living with diabetes as well as informational tables staffed by hospital personnel and a cooking demonstration. Liz Sulik, the Director of External Affairs for the hospital welcomed the 50 participants and thanked Rock-away resident Joseph Mure, who fundraised for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and who funded the hospital's center to fight the disease.
|Dr. Sadhance Gupta, the head of the hospital's Family Practice Department, talked about the ABC's of diabetes control and what to do at home. Barbara Buffalino, from PHC's Ophthalmology Department spoke about eye care for diabetics. Liz Sulik, the hospital's Director of External Affairs, welcomed all of the participants and spoke about the need to monitor various health aspects when diagnosed as a diabetic. Loriann Watt, a representative of Abbott Diabetic Care, explains to participants how to properly use their glucose meters and provided low-cost products. The Visiting Nurse Service had a large contingent at the diabetes event and provided both information and blood pressure testing for participants, many of whom were their clients. Dr. Jeffrey Statler, director of the hospital's Podiatry Department, speaks with a participant, providing information about foot care. Yael Reich, the diabetes treatment expert from the Visiting Nurse Service, explains how to treat diabetes in the home. Visiting Nurse Service members provided blood pressure monitoring to a large number of the participants. Monitoring blood pessure is particularly important. There were several tables set up in the hospital's Meditation Room that dispensed information and material about treating diabetes. |