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News Release

Joslin Diabetes Center Partners with St. John Health in Michigan

BOSTON — May 9, 2006 — Joslin Diabetes Center, the global leader in diabetes research, care and education, has announced its partnership with Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich., and St. John Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate, which opened April 10, offers the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services.

"Joslin is dedicated to working with our partners at St. John Health to provide state-of-the-art care and education to people with diabetes in that area,” says John W. Hare, M.D., director of Joslin’s Affiliated Centers Program. “The more than 77,000 people in the Detroit area diagnosed with diabetes and the additional 26,800 who have diabetes but are undiagnosed now have convenient access to Joslin’s expertise and resources necessary to help them live long and productive lives with the disease.”

"This affiliation will provide a wonderful opportunity for our patients and clinical staff to access Joslin research, education, clinical initiatives and the most current treatment options," says Jerry Gilman, vice president of business development, at St. John Health. "Our goal is to work together with this prestigious organization to play a significant role in improving the lives of patients with diabetes."

About the New Affiliate

Providence Hospital and St. John Providence Park Hospital offers a multidisciplinary program that includes the services of an endocrinologist, an internist, a nurse practitioner specializing in diabetes, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, a clinical nurse specialist, registered nurses and access to group and individual diabetes education. Other services include physician consultations, medication management, continuous glucose monitoring system, insulin pump therapy, gestational diabetes education series and access to specialist referral and follow-up care.

For more information about the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Providence Hospital and St. John Providence Park Hospital, or to make an appointment, please call 1-888-331-3330 or visit http://www.realmedicine.org/joslin

About St. John Health System

Providence Hospital and St. John Providence Park Hospital in Novi are part of St. John Health, the largest health system in southeast Michigan, which has 125 medical centers and nine hospitals in five counties.

About Diabetes

About 20.8 million Americans have diabetes. While approximately 14.6 million of these adults and children have been diagnosed with diabetes, 6.2 million of them are estimated to have type 2 diabetes and not know it. An estimated 41 million people in the United States have pre-diabetes, or higher than normal blood glucose levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. In addition, an estimated 800,000 Americans have type 1 diabetes. Diabetes can lead to many medical complications, including heart attack, stroke, blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and poor circulation. Diabetes leads to the death of an estimated 224,000 people in the U.S. each year, making it the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes and its complications cost an estimated $132 billion annually in the nation in terms of healthcare costs and lost productivity.

About Joslin and Its Affiliated Programs

Since Joslin Diabetes Center’s founding in 1898 by a single physician, Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., Joslin has helped revolutionize the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diabetes worldwide. Through Joslin’s affiliation with Harvard Medical School and with a staff of leaders in their field, Joslin has emerged as the global leader in innovative research and pioneering approaches to education and clinical care. As the science and practice of medicine continue to evolve, Joslin’s core mission endures: “To improve the lives of people with diabetes and its complications by providing innovative care, education and research that will lead to the prevention and cure of the disease.”

Joslin’s Affiliated Programs was established in 1987 to make Joslin’s programs, services, and expertise available to premier hospitals, healthcare systems and physician practices across the United States. Today Joslin Diabetes Center has Affiliated Programs in 26 facilities throughout the United States and in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Joslin provides clinical, educational, operational and marketing support to its Affiliates to help assure that high- quality, comprehensive and cost-effective diabetes care is available to each partner’s community — ensuring that these organizations and the patients they serve are in touch with the latest clinical trends and research breakthroughs.