Diabetes is a serious health threat which is rapidly approaching epidemic proportions, particularly in our community. We aim to form a partnership with our patients to bring their potentially debilitating disease under control. Our goal is to improve patient outcomes by providing one-stop care through a focused diabetes session in primary care medicine, as well as in our endocrinology specialty service.
Individual patient progress is tracked over time, with specific focus on indicators such as glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and depression screening. Our team pays particular attention to some of the most debilitating side effects of uncontrolled diabetes, including loss of sight, lower extremity amputations and cardiovascular damage.
Patients are part of a comprehensive care team that includes a physician, a nurse, a diabetes nurse educator, a nutritionist, a home care intake specialist, a social worker, and a patient care associate. Our diabetes nurse educator leads two weekly classes and facilitates a monthly diabetes support group. Our nutritionist teaches patients how to plan healthful meals. Foot and eye specialists provide regular examinations.
Metropolitan Hospital Center has been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Recognition Program. NCQA and the American Diabetes Association developed the Diabetes Recognition Program to recognize clinicians who have met standards demonstrating delivery of high-quality care to patients with diabetes.
We have also partnered with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s “Beat Diabetes Program” and have participated in the “Health Bucks Program” to support our mission.
HHC has published a Diabetes Wellness Center web site, where diabetic patients can get tips and resources to get their blood sugar under control.