MEMORIAL CELEBRATES DIABETES CENTER

by Christian Mower on November 13, 2013

MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY IS CELEBRATING ITS NEW MIRANDA CENTER FOR DIABETES AND ENDOCRINOLOGY.

THE CENTER IS NAMED AFTER MIRANDA LEAVITT, WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF 22 FROM COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES. THE DAUGHTER OF BRENDA AND RICHARD LEAVITT OF FRYEBURG, MAINE, MIRANDA WAS AN ADVOCATE ABOUT THE DISEASE.

IN 2008, MIRANDA’S PARENTS STARTED THE MIRANDA LEAVITT DIABETES FUND – A NON PROFIT FOCUSED ON EDUCATION AND FUNDING THOSE WHO NEED HELP MANAGING THEIR DIABETES.

DR. RAY RABIDEAU, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AT MEMORIAL, SAYS DIABETES HAS BEEN ON THE RISE SINCE THE 1990s, AND RELATED TO INCREASED LEVELS OF OBESITY, INCLUDING IN CHILDREN. HE SAYS THE HOSPITAL HAS HAD ITS DIABETES CENTER FOR SOME TIME, BUT RECOGNIZED THE INCREASE AS A KIND OF EPIDEMIC NATIONALLY AND LOCALLY AND DECIDED TO EXPAND ITS SERVICE AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION EFFORTS TO HELP PEOPLE WITH THE CHRONIC ILLNESS OPTIMIZE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. THE EXPANSION INCLUDES TWO NURSE PRACTITIONERS WHO WILL NOW GUIDE PATIENTS IN THEIR CARE, AND OTHER SPECIALISTS. HE SAYS THE CENTER HAS PARTNERED WITH THE LEAVITT FAMILY ON WHAT HE CALLS “A QUEST.”

THE HOSPITAL CELEBRATES THE NEW CENTER WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WITH A PUBLIC RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY THAT WILL INCLUDE THE LEAVITT FAMILY AND HOSPITAL STAFF.

RABIDEAU SAYS THE HOSPITAL WILL EVEN PROVIDE FREE DIABETES SCREENINGS.

NOVEMBER IS DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE HOSPITAL AT (603) 356-5461.

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