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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 19, 2014

Health center focusing on diabetes issue

By VICKI TILLIS, Ledger news editor | Oct 25, 2012
PHOTO SUBMITTED First National Bank employee Tracy Hock, right, has her blood sugar checked by Jefferson County Health Center nurse Marty Chandler, while Staci Worley, also a nurse from the health center, watches. The health center can send a team to provide the diabetes screening to any business or organization that requests it.

Jefferson County Health Center is meeting one of its strategic plan goals by offering free diabetes screening to community members.

Health center administrator and CEO Deb Cardin explained one of the strategic plan’s goals is to develop programs focused on key audiences in the community, such as diabetics, elders or women.

“We decided to focus on diabetic,” said Cardin.

Cardin said 92 people have been screened, and additional screening events, like the one held in June at the entrance gate to the 2012 Jefferson County Fair, have been scheduled.

Joneane Parker, vice president of clinical services, said blood sugar screening also has been added to blood pressure screening events to offer the service to even more people.

Parker said the health center can send a team to provide the diabetes screening to “any company that wants someone to come. … Call me.”

First National Bank employees had an opportunity to have their blood sugar checked before they began work Tuesday.

“Diabetes is the fast growing chronic disease in this country,” said Ginny Hughes, the health center’s community relations manager. “A simple, painless blood sugar test can tell you if you are at risk.”

Hughes said any business or organization that would like to have free diabetes testing can call Marty Chandler at 469-4292.

Also during the Jefferson County Health Center Board of Trustees’ regular monthly meeting Monday evening, Cardin announced a new website for the health center is being developed by a company in Colorado. The hope is the new website will be completed in November.

Cardin also told the trustees a push is on to encourage area residents to subscribe to the health center’s quarterly electronic newsletter.

Information about signing up for the emailed newsletter is available throughout the health center and at screening events.

Board chairman Bob Keller reminded the trustees of his goal for them to become board certified.

Several of the trustees have already met most of the criteria due in part because of the board education held during monthly meetings, said Cardin. She said three trustees, including Keller, Tom Kunkle and Renee Rebling, have attended an ethical class, but the four others need to.

“It’s my goal for Tom, Renee and me to be certified in the spring,” said Keller. “And then keep moving forward and work on getting everyone else in and getting them certified. It’s a good thing to have as complicated as it is now.”

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