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NorthShore University HealthSystem Launches Diabetes Outreach Program for Lake County's Medically Underserved
Date:3/12/2009

quot;This program is especially exciting because it engages Lake County residents in their healthcare, while providing access to diabetes screening and education, and healthy lifestyle education for the entire family."

NorthShore's funds will help support a pilot program providing:

  • Diabetes management for more than 500 current patients at the LCHD Community Health Center in North Chicago.
  • Increased staffing to include clinicians trained to implement a consistent standard of care to each patient.
  • Assistance with medication and testing supplies.
  • Subspecialty care access for ophthalmology, podiatry, endocrinology, nephrology and cardiology.
  • On-site Hemoglobin A1C testing.
  • A comprehensive approach to a healthy lifestyle for the entire family that will include paid membership to a fitness center for those who qualify; community health promoters to educate patients and ensure all of their appointment and education needs are met in a timely manner; and healthy food choice education.

NorthShore has also committed to hiring a project director, grant writer and physician researcher to ensure success and sustainability of the program.

"It is critical to measure process improvements both inside and outside the treatment setting, all of which contribute to improved access," said Madeleine Shalowitz, M.D., MBA, charged with investigating the process and measuring patient outcomes to effectively demonstrate the impact of the program.
            
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