South Nassau Communities Hospital Receives 50K Grant from Long Island Community Foundation

The grant will be used to establish a diabetes self-management education program (DSME) to teach patients with poorly controlled diabetes the lifestyle changes necessary to manage the condition.

Oceanside, NY, January 29, 2017 --( South Nassau Communities Hospital Family Medicine Center is the recipient of a one-year $50,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation to help establish its diabetes self-management education program (DSME).

The program aims to teach patients with poorly controlled diabetes the lifestyle changes necessary to manage the condition and prevent it from causing other life-threatening conditions, including stroke and heart attack.

"This grant will help us expand diabetes education on the South Shore and will make a real difference in the day to day lives of our patients," said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau's President and CEO. "We thank the leaders of the LICF and the members of its Advisory Board for their generosity and support of our goal to prevent disease by supporting wellness through community education and awareness."

According to the US Center for Disease Control, more than 84,000 residents of Nassau County have been diagnosed with diabetes. The disease is most prevalent in several communities served by South Nassau Communities Hospital, including Hempstead, Freeport and Roosevelt. An array of studies have shown that self-management programs improve patients' outcomes through education about proper nutrition, medication adherence, insulin therapy and physical fitness and healthy lifestyle habits.

The Family Medicine Center's DSME program will be facilitated by a bilingual Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) who will host weekly, 7-session bilingual education classes to groups of up to 20 patients. Upon completion of the classes, the patients will have individual appointments with the CDE to discuss a plan of care and schedule appointments with specialists, including nutritionists, podiatrists and opticians to address health issues that could hinder patients' compliance with their individualized plans. The CDE and medical team will also establish lifestyle goals and daily routines for each patient so that they learn to make managing their blood sugar a daily habit and healthy nutrition and regular physical activity lifelong priorities.

"We are proud to join South Nassau in its mission to meet the region's need for quality healthcare services," said David Okorn, executive director of LICF. "The hospital is known for its judicious use of the charitable support it receives to establish new and expand current services, which is an essential reason why LICF awarded a grant for this much needed program."

Providing culturally sensitive multidisciplinary care, the South Nassau's Family Medicine Center offers a comprehensive range of services tailored to the individual needs of its patients, from obstetrical and gynecological care, to geriatric and social services, to preventive medicine and urgent health care. Its staff features 6 full-time, board-certified family physicians who ensure that each patient has their own primary physician and is provided 24 hours/7 days a week coverage. The Family Medicine Center accepts most health insurance providers. For more information, please call (516) 255-8400.
South Nassau Communities Hospital
Damian J. Becker