New patient center will open in southeastern New Jersey
BOSTON, Mass. – March 23, 2010 – Joslin Diabetes Center, the world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization, has announced an affiliation with AtlantiCare, a regional healthcare organization based in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at AtlantiCare will offer the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new center will take place on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Alert DaySM, March 23, at 5:30 p.m.
The center will begin offering patient appointments and programs March 29 in the AtlantiCare LifeCenter, Building 200, Suite 224, 2500 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township. It will provide diagnosis, treatment, education and support services. Hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The multidisciplinary program will include the services of Program Medical Director and endocrinologist Randi Tomasulo as well as registered nurses and registered dieticians who are certified diabetes educators. The program includes AtlantiCare TEAM Diabetes and gestational diabetes education classes. The program also links patients to support services.
“We are proud to bring the world leader in diabetes care and education to southeastern New Jersey,” said Katherine Schneider, M.D., Vice President, AtlantiCare Health Engagement. “Diabetes affects our local community at a rate that exceeds both state and national norms. If not properly treated, it can be life-threatening and debilitating. We look forward to working with the Joslin staff in Boston. Together we’ll elevate the level of care for patients with diabetes through our partnership with this international leader in diabetes treatment, research and education.”
“According to the ADA, 700,000 people in New Jersey have diabetes,” said Janice Murphy, Director, National Affiliated Programs at Joslin Diabetes Center. “We know that, statistically, a third of them don’t know they have the disease. We look forward to working with AtlantiCare to bring Joslin’s integrated, comprehensive care to people with diabetes and related conditions.”
For more information about Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at AtlantiCare or to make an appointment, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or visit www.atlanticare.org.
AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It does so by focusing on customer needs and expectations to provide accessible, comprehensive services of superior quality and value. AtlantiCare includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) which includes AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH); the AtlantiCare Foundation, AtlantiCare Health Services and AtlantiCare Health Plans. AtlantiCare is committed to building healthy communities through partnerships with local organizations that share its interest in health. Through these organizations, relevant and trusting relationships with their constituents are established around the shared management of their individual health status. AtlantiCare’s primary service offering of healthcare delivery, integrated with the complimentary and strategic service offerings of health information and health engagement, is focused on delivering value at every stage of an individual’s health (healthy, at-risk, episodically ill or chronically ill).
AtlantiCare’s more than 5,000 employees serve the healthcare needs of the community at more than 60 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner, AtlantiCare includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the AtlantiCare Foundation, AtlantiCare Health Plans, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health and AtlantiCare Health Services. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008.
About AtlantiCare TEAM Diabetes and gestational diabetes classes
AtlantiCare’s TEAM (Teach, Encourage, Assist and Motivate) Diabetes Education Program offers classes for patients with type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. A nurse, certified diabetes educator and registered dietician facilitate each class. A series of classes covers comprehensive American Diabetes Association education for monitoring and treating diabetes. Classes take place at AtlantiCare LifeCenter, 2500 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. A fee applies. Some health insurance plans cover a portion of the program. To enroll, patients submit an AtlantiCare Diabetes patient referral for or a written prescription from their physician for diabetes self-management education or medical nutrition therapy. The American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education has recognized the AtlantiCare TEAM Diabetes Program for quality self-management education.
AtlantiCare also offers a gestational diabetes class. It covers diabetes and pregnancy; monitoring and regulating blood sugar; managing diabetes medications; nutrition and meal planning; activity and exercise; labor and delivery and postpartum care.
About Joslin Affiliated Programs
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 29 facilities throughout the United States and in Canada and Dubai. 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.