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WCA Hospital Public Relations & Marketing Department
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WCA Diabetes Program Moves to New Education Center at Jones Memorial Health Center
Residents Invited to Public Open House to Tour the New Center


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Pictured from L to R: Kerry Mihalko, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, and Donna Thor, Diabetes Education Assistant, at the newly relocated WCA Hospital Diabetes Education Center, invite the public to an open house on Tuesday, March 24, from Noon to 3, to tour the new center located at Jones Memorial Health Center, a division of WCA Hospital at 51 Glasgow Avenue, meet the staff, and enjoy free screenings, fun activities and snacks.

Jamestown, New York (Tuesday, March 3, 2015)—The WCA Hospital Diabetes Education Center recently moved to its new location at Jones Memorial Health Center, 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown, New York.  Patients may enter the new site by using Baker Street or Glasgow Avenue entrances.  The education center is located next to the WCA Cancer Treatment Center.  For a new brochure describing the program or to schedule an appointment, call (716) 485-7474.  A physician’s order is required.

The hospital’s program, recognized by the American Diabetes Association, provides diabetes education for those diagnosed with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. 

A public open house will be held from Noon to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th, the same day as the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day®—a day dedicated to finding out if individuals are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way the body metabolizes sugar (glucose).

The modern, conveniently located complex, offers front door handicap accessible parking; a spacious teaching classroom for individual sessions and group education forums; and wireless internet access for patients who wish to take notes electronically.  The American Diabetes Association recognizes WCA’s service as meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education.  The program supports an excellent learning environment that teaches individuals skills which embrace, nutrition and diet therapy; helpful tips on exercising your way to health; medication management including insulin pump therapy; preventing, detecting and reducing risks related to diabetes disease; healthy lifestyle behaviors; and caregiver and family support. 

“Diabetes is a chronic disease affecting millions of Americans and a primary risk factor for stroke, heart disease, blindness and kidney failure,” says Kerry Mihalko, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at WCA.  “Our goal is to help individuals develop a lifestyle that allows them to manage their condition. The great news is that through exercise, weight management and medication therapy, we help those affected by diabetes live a healthy life.  Our new expansive location is an excellent environment for learning.  We are excited to host our upcoming open house and encourage anyone who wants to understand more about diabetes and how to prevent illness to stop by, tour the center, and learn about our nationally recognized program.”

Kerry Mihalko and Donna Thor, diabetes education assistant, serve as full-time staff at the Center.  Wolf-Dieter Krahn, M.D., board-certified in family practice medicine, is the medical director for the WCA Diabetes Education Program, and Maureen Kohl, R.N., Nurse Manager serves as hospital leadership.

The WCA Hospital Diabetes teaches individuals how WCA can help residents prevent or manage diabetes.  A free foot screening will be conducted by podiatrist, Dr. Darrell Hoppes.  The event also includes free blood pressure checks, cooking demonstrations, snacks, and giveaways.  Individuals are invited to take the type 2 diabetes on-line risk test during the open house and take home resources that help residents prevent or manage diabetes.  See the very latest in insulin pumps, glucose monitors, and treatments and meet WCA diabetes education team.  Guests can enter to win a spa basket door prize.  First 200 guests receive a free tote bag! 

For more exciting details about the open house at www.wcahospital.org or call Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital, (716) 664-8614.  Many insurance companies cover diabetes education; check with your insurance provider.  To learn more about the program, call (716) 485-7474 or visit us on the web at http://wcahospital.org/diabetesed.php.  To discover all of the ways WCA Hospital cares for you, go to www.wcahospital.org.

 
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