Monday, January 31, 2011

New Loyola Diabetes Clinic Offers One-Visit, Comprehensive Care in Hickory Hills

Patients can access all the specialists they need to manage their conditions in one stop

MAYWOOD, Ill. – More than 23 million people in the United States have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Each year more than 1 million additional cases will be diagnosed. Untreated or poorly managed diabetes can cause severe health complications such as kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and nerve damage. To help diabetic patients more easily care for their condition, Loyola has opened the Comprehensive Diabetes Care Clinic at Loyola Center for Health at Hickory Hills. The Comprehensive Diabetes Care Clinic is a multidisciplinary program that offers diabetic patients access to all of the medical specialists and services they require during a single visit. The clinic is staffed by board-certified endocrinologists, a board-certified podiatrist and ophthalmologist, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes nurse educators. “Diabetics have a much higher chance of developing heart disease, kidney disease and other medical problems, so it’s important that they get certain medical assessments done every year,” said Dr. Gerald A. Charnogursky, medical director of the clinic and a board-certified endocrinologist. “The clinic allows patients to get all the assessments that they need for the next year at one place at one time.” Patients at the clinic receive individualized care plans that are specific to their medical needs and conditions. In addition to the management of blood glucose, the clinic assesses blood pressure and cholesterol levels. As part of a top academic medical center, the clinic also offers access to the latest in research and clinical trials. Loyola’s Comprehensive Diabetes Care Clinic program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and follows the ADA’s standards of care. These standards are intended to optimally control diabetes and prevent complications. The clinic treats both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients, age 18 and older and includes: • Newly diagnosed patients. • Patients whose disease is poorly controlled. • Patients with difficult-to-control cholesterol levels or high blood pressure. • Patients on oral medications or insulin therapy. • Patients on insulin pumps or those who are interested in insulin pump therapy. • Patients interested in the latest diabetes therapies. New patients are able to fill out a medical questionnaire online before their first appointment through myLoyola Select®, a secure Internet connection that enables all Loyola patients to view their medical histories, send messages to their doctor and receive a reply, schedule appointments and review test results. To sign up, patients obtain an activation code from their physician and use that code to create a user ID and password. A parent or guardian also can connect to a child’s information at Loyola University Health System by completing a Proxy Consent Form. The clinic cares for patients from 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday at the Loyola Center for Health at Hickory Hills, 9608 Roberts Rd., Hickory Hills. Parking is free. To make an appointment, call (708) 216-8653 and choose Option 1. For more information, patients can call (708) 233-2487.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.