January 28, 2010

$200,000 MFH Grant Will Create Northeast Missouri Diabetes & Obesity Center in Memphis

The Scotland County Hospital was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to fund the Northeast Missouri Diabetes & Obesity Center (NEMO DOC) at Scotland County Hospital and Memphis Medical Services. The goal of the Northeast Missouri Diabetes and Obesity Clinic is to improve the access to quality, evidence-based, multi-disciplinary care for diabetes, obesity, and their associated conditions.

The Diabetes and Obesity Center services will expand access to patient care through a clinic for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndromes for residents in the region. The Center and its multi-disciplinary providers will demonstrate that the most effective treatment of diabetes involves the treatment of obesity, and the most effective treatment of these obese patients cannot be done without also treating the metabolic problems of obesity that closely mirror those of the diabetic patient.

Patients can simply refer themselves to the Center or discuss this option with their primary care provider, for a physician referral. Patients will be evaluated and treated based on their needs from the following multi-disciplines at Scotland County Hospital: Cardiac Rehab, Respiratory Therapy, Therapy Services, Clinical Pharmacist, Dietitian, Social Worker, Medical Weight Loss/Exercise Support Program, Bariatric Surgeon and utilize Telehealth for services not available locally to assist in improving compliance such as counseling, foot care or wound care. Patient treatment plans will be sent to the referring primary care physicians to assist them in the ongoing treatment of their patient.

Center medical director, Bill Dixon, MD, said, I was not surprised, at all, to find in the local research for this grant that in Northeast Missouri 86.8% of the diabetic population was either overweight or obese. Between July 2008 and June 2009, my colleagues and, I at Memphis Medical Services, treated 718 patients with a diagnosis related to diabetes, obesity and related illnesses. Diabetes and obesity are becoming our nations most costly disease. By using this approach of bundling multiple local services for the patients, two days a month at the Center, we hope to improve the lives of these patients.

The Northeast Missouri Diabetes and Obesity Center will conduct free health screenings at Scotland County Hospital on Thursday, February 11th from 4 6:30 p.m. in the Hospital Conference Room (north entrance). These screenings will include non-fasting Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. Each of the attendees will have the opportunity to have a free and private consultation with one of the Diabetes & Obesity Centers healthcare providers. There will be healthy snacks provided.

The Diabetes & Obesity Center will begin accepting patients two days each month beginning in March and you can call Memphis Medical Services at 660-465-2828 to make an appointment.

Funding for this project was provided in part by the Missouri Foundation for Health. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.

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