HOSPITAL TO NAME DIABETES CENTER

by Christian Mower on June 27, 2013

NORTH CONWAY’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WILL CARRY ON THE VISION OF A YOUNG FRYEBURG, MAINE WOMAN WHO PASSED ON HOPING ONE DAY THE WORLD WOULD BE FREE OF DIABETES. HOSPITAL PRESIDENT AND CEO SCOTT McKINNON SAYS HIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS ACCEPTED THE MIRANDA LEAVITT DIABETES FUND, WITH THE INTENT TO NAME MEMORIAL’S DIABETES CENTER IN HONOR OF MIRANDA.

MIRANDA LEAVITT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH JUVENILE DIABETES WHEN SHE WAS 12 YEARS OLD AND DIED OF COMPLICATIONS FROM THE DISEASE IN 2007. THE DAUGHTER OF BRENDA AND RICHARD LEAVITT OF FRYEBURG, SHE WAS AN ADVOCATE IN EDUCATING HER PEERS AT FRYEBURG ACADEMY –AND THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY COMMUNITY – ABOUT THE DISEASE THAT’S CAUSED BY AN INSULIN DEFICIENCY AND ITS EFFECT ON FAMILIES TRYING TO COPE WITH IT.

MEMORIAL SPOKESPERSON KATHY BENNETT PRAISES BRENDA LEAVITT FOR CARRYING ON THE WORK WITH THE DIABETES FUND THAT FITS IN WITH THE HOSPITAL’S FOCUS ON IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY.

BRENDA LEAVITT SAYS IF SHE CAN SAVE ONE MOM FROM LOSING A CHILD, SHE KNOWS SHE HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE. SHE HAS WORKED WITH THE FUND TO HELP EDUCATE AND ASSIST PEOPLE TRYING TO MANAGE THEIR DIABETES. AS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION, SHE FREQUENTLY COMMUNICATES WITH ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES TO GET THEIR SUPPORT FOR FINDING A CURE FOR THE DISEASE.

WITH THE HELP OF FRYEBURG BUSINESSWOMAN DONNA WOODWARD, THE FUND HAS RAISED MONEY THROUGH THEMED BASKETS CALLED “MIRANDA BASKETS” THAT CONTAIN DONATED GIFTS AND SERVICES FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES.

MEMORIAL’S MEDICAL DIRECTOR DR. RAY RABIDEAU SAYS THE HOSPITAL PROVIDES PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF DIABETES THROUGH CLINICAL RESOURCES AND CARE MANAGEMENT THAT WILL “CONTINUE MIRANDA’S QUEST FOR INCREASING AWARENESS AND HELP PEOPLE OPTIMIZE THEIR LIVES IN THE FACE OF CHRONIC ILLNESS.”

McKINNON SAYS MEMORIAL’S DIABETES CENTER OFFERS A FULL COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM TO DEAL WITH THE DISEASE, INCLUDING EDUCATION AND NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION. HE SAYS MEMORIAL WILL WORK WITH THE LEAVITT FAMILY TO DEVELOP A DETAILED IMPLEMENTATION PLAN THAT WILL SUPPORT EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOLS AND BUILD AWARENESS OF DIABETES AS A FAMILY DISEASE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE HOSPITAL’S PHILANTHROPY OFFICE AT (603) 356-5461 EXT. 2264 OR SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.memorialhospitalnh.org.

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