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Joslin Diabetes Center Announces New Education Affiliate at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH

Latest in diabetes education to reach more residents in New England

BOSTON — February 5, 2007 — Joslin Diabetes Center, the global leader in diabetes research, care and education, is pleased to announce its affiliation with Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH. The Joslin Diabetes Center Education Affiliate at Frisbie Memorial Hospital offers educational programs for patients with diabetes, one-on-one education classes for those who are newly diagnosed and diabetes information groups.

"We are proud to be the first and only hospital in New Hampshire's seacoast region to groom and develop such a powerful partnership," says Al Felgar, President and CEO of Frisbie Memorial Hospital. "By aligning with Joslin Diabetes Center, we can bring the Joslin expertise in patient education directly to Rochester. This partnership will allow us to improve the quality of life for those with diabetes in Rochester and surrounding communities."

"In 2002, an estimated 58,000 people in New Hampshire were diagnosed with diabetes, and statistically, many more people have the disease but do not know it," said Judith Eyres Goodwin, Director of Joslin's Affiliated Centers Program. "We will work with the Certified Diabetes Educators and other health professionals at Frisbie Memorial Hospital to bring Joslin's nationally recognized educational programs to people with diabetes in New Hampshire."

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 27 facilities throughout the United States and two international affiliates in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Canada. 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.

About the New Affiliate

The Joslin Diabetes Center Education Affiliate at Frisbie Memorial Hospital is located off-campus at 165 Rochester Hill Road. It offers group classes, individual appointments, a monthly foot clinic and community education.

This multidisciplinary program includes a registered nurse who is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a registered dietitian who is a Certified Diabetes Educator, and access to an exercise specialist and psychosocial support to help address the required lifestyle changes. The medical director is Tracy Hamill, M.D., a family practice physician who provides oversight for the educators.

For more information about Joslin Diabetes Center at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, and to make an appointment, call (603) 994-0120 or visit Although a physician referral is required, the staff is available to work with you to get the required referral.

About Frisbie Memorial Hospital

Frisbie Memorial Hospital is an acute care community hospital located in Rochester, New Hampshire. Founded in 1919, the hospital offers a broad range of services in a modern facility equipped with advanced medical technology. Our medical staff includes more than 250 physicians and other healthcare providers, representing 39 specialties. The not-for-profit hospital serves adults, children and infants from Rochester and the Greater Strafford County and Southern Maine areas. For more information on Frisbie Memorial Hospital, call (603) 332-5211 or visit