Navigation Links
Veterans Honor Dr. Richard Merkin During Research Week

Ceremony to be held May 13th at Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The West Hills/Northridge Veterans Administration will honor Dr. Richard Merkin, President of Heritage Provider Network, for his contributions to the health of American war veterans. The VA, in collaboration with Heritage Medical Research Institute (HMRI), is conducting a clinical research study aimed at examining diabetic ulcers in veterans. Dr. Merkin will receive his honor at a ceremony to be held during Research Week on May 13 2008 at 10:00am at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital in the Pantages Theater Room .

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most serious problems facing the health of the general US population. This year over 7% of the population, or 21 million people, will be diagnosed with diabetes and among these individuals, 15%-25% will develop a Diabetic Foot Ulcer ("DFU") during their lifetimes. This is a very serious problem since DFUs are the leading cause of non-traumatic amputation. Since over 20% of patients with a DFU require an amputation, it is expected that between 650,000 to over 1 million unfortunate individuals will face having an amputation each year. Moreover, these patients also face a higher risk of additional amputations and a higher 5-year mortality rate of 39% to 68%. Dr. Merkin and the Heritage Provider Network consider this an unacceptable catastrophe for patients and their families and a significant cause of rising healthcare costs.

The Heritage Medical Research Institute confirms that this is an even more serious problem among this country's veterans who are three times more likely to have diabetes as compared with the general population. Not only do veterans account for over half of all hospitalization for LE ulcerations, but almost two-thirds of all hospitalization for LE amputations in the VA healthcare system is among veterans with diabetes. The 64% LE amputation rate among veterans with diabetes is considerably higher than the 50% amputation rate among diabetes in the general US population. It is therefore not surprising that the costs of treating diabetic patients with LE amputations have steadily increased in the VA system from 1989 to 1998 and is expected to increase unless we are able to prevent DFU.

The study is being conducted at two VA hospitals in California: the Long Beach VA and the West Hills/Northridge VA. The principal investigators at each site are Ian Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. and Aksone Nouvong, DPM.

Heritage Medical Research Institute was established to actively conduct medical research in conjunction with nonprofit hospitals. Its TRIP Program (Translating Research into Practice) aims to apply research findings into measurable improvements in patient care.

Dr. Richard Merkin is the President of Heritage Provider Network, one of the largest physician-owned multi-specialty physician groups in California. The company consists of medical groups and IPAs with 21 satellite medical facilities serving Southern/Central California and New York, comprised of 3,500 primary care physicians, 13,000 specialists, and 36 hospitals.

SOURCE Dr. Richard Merkin
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Easter Seals Launches Program for Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with Traumatic Brain Injuries
2. Lilly Grant to VA Will Enhance Services for Returning Combat Veterans
3. The Jericho Project Announces Rehabilitation Residence for Homeless and Low-Income Veterans
4. Mismanagement at North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Results in Chronic Staff Shortages, Budget Issues
5. Younger Veterans at Greater Suicide Risk
6. Key findings for all veterans seen in depression and suicide study
7. Knights of Columbus to Distribute Wheelchairs to Veterans in Need
8. Chicago Bears Players Visit Hospitalized Veterans
9. Shape Shifting on Veterans Day
10. Knights to Distribute $1 Million Worth of Wheelchairs for Veterans
11. Report Release: Veterans for America Finds Care for PTSD and TBI Inadequate
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... According to ... out by the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia suggested that ... for head injuries. The article explains that part of the reason for the controversial ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The rapid speed at ... people age, more care is needed, especially with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive ... being overworked. The forgotten part of this equation: 80 percent of medical care ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... An inventor, ... to dispense prescription medications at home, so he invented the patent-pending ELECTRONIC M.D. ... dispense prescription medications. In doing so, it could help to prevent potential overdose ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... , ... Lizzie’s Lice Pickers just announced a special promotion that will run ... purchase of lice treatment product. In addition, customers will receive a complimentary head Check ... lice is a sure way to ruin the holidays, so we encourage all of ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ProSidebar: Fashion is a set of ... With ProSidebar: Fasion, video editors can easily add an informative sidebar to any FCPX ... Utilize presets featuring self-animating drop zones, lines, bars, and text with the ease ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... ) has announced ... High Viscosity Drugs" report to their offering. ... addition of the "Self Administration of High ... --> Research and Markets ( ) ... Administration of High Viscosity Drugs" report to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... SYDNEY , Nov. 26, 2015  The total global ... nearly 7% over 2015-2016. Latin America ... Asia , (excluding Japan ), is ... continues to face increased healthcare expenditure. In 2013-2014, ... expenditure declined from 43.5% in 2008-2009 to 41.2% in 2013-2014. ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015 On Tuesday, ... federal bellwether trial against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. ... their Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant device, awarded $11 ... a two week trial and three days of ... hip device was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: