Directed by College of Medicine professor
and diabetologist Barbara Ramlo-Halsted, MD, The Diabetes Center will
provide state-of-the-art care and education, accepting both physician-
and self-referrals, and will be a resource to physicians.
"The number of physicians in the region
who provide diabetes care doesn't meet the current needs," said Dr.
Ramlo. "The Diabetes Center will ease the burden on many primary care
physicians, while elevating the level of diabetes care."
In Hamilton County alone there are an
estimated 10,000 people with type 1 and 140,000 with type 2 diabetes.
Recent demographic trends and the prevalence of diabetes in younger
people are leading to increases in the number of people living with
Mark Upson III, chair of The Diabetes
Center Leadership Board, said the center will reach out into
surrounding communities through educational programs and, eventually,
"through additional centers located to best meet the needs of both
people with diabetes and physicians treating this disease throughout
Diabetes Center staff will also work
closely with patients' primary health care providers to ensure the
creation of a coordinated care plan.
In addition to its primary patient care
and education focus, the center will offer ongoing support to clinical
diabetes research programs at UC Medical Center.
"As the academic medical center in this
region, it's our responsibility to assess the needs of the community
and provide solutions and resources to improve people's health
outcomes," said Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice president and provost
for health affairs at UC. "The Diabetes Center is doing just that by
offering on-site education and more sophisticated diagnostics and
therapeutics to a community that deserves the best care possible."
The UC initiative has received generous
support from The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and is located
in Alliance facilities in Suite 306 of the Jewish Hospital Professional
Building, 3120 Burnet Ave.
The center is staffed by Dr.
Ramlo-Halsted; diabetes nurse educators Betty Claydon, RD, CDE, and
Cindy Gordon, RN, CDE; staff nurse Debbie Reckelhoff, LPN, MA; and
practice manager Jill Rechtin.