Story last updated at 9/11/2013 - 5:46 pm
Bartlett Regional Hospital's long-running program offering free health status screenings to the community of Juneau, was recognized recently by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Human Services.
In a letter to Bartlett's diabetes educator Cynthia Nickerson, Kathy Allely, Chief of the Alaska Division of Public Health's Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Section said:
"We are happy to recognize and express our appreciation for the leadership provided by Bartlett Regional Hospital in offering free health status screenings, including blood sugar and cholesterol, to the Juneau community. These events are nicely complimented by your work to encourage health care providers to address Pre-Diabetes in their clinics and Pre-Diabetes classes.
Having diabetes is a substantial burden for the individual, his or her family, the community, the healthcare system, and the state budget. But diabetes can be prevented or substantially delayed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are increasingly emphasizing the importance of Pre-Diabetes awareness among people at high risk of developing diabetes in work to reduce the current and future impact of diabetes. National surveys suggest that about one-third of the American adult population has Pre-Diabetes, but a much smaller percentage of adults report having been told that they have Pre-Diabetes. In Juneau, about one in ten adults say they have diagnosed Pre-Diabetes, which is nearly half again as many as the statewide percentage of 7%. We believe that much of the credit for the higher percentage is due to Bartlett's screening program and Pre-Diabetes classes."
Bartlett Regional Hospital has offered free glucose and cholesterol screenings, which include blood pressure checks, to the Juneau community for the past 26 years. Clinics are conducted at the Nugget Mall approximately five times per year and are promoted with radio and newspaper announcements. The schedule is also available on the Bartlett Regional Hospital website, www.bartletthospital.org, under "Community Programs" and the "Classes and Events" calendar.
The next free glucose and cholesterol screening date is Sept. 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Nugget Mall.
A free class for patients diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes is scheduled for Nov. 12, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. More details on this class are available at www.bartletthospital.org/events.
Cynthia Nickerson, RN, CDE, CMC said she is not aware of another Alaska hospital offering this type of health screenings at no cost.