CHH Multi-Specialty Group Adds Endocrinology Practice

(Torrington, CT)  Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s (CHH) Multi-specialty Group has added the Torrington based practice of Dr. Egils Bogdanovics – Diabetes & Endocrinology of Northwestern CT – to its roster of hospital owned physician practices and outpatient services. Beginning September 29th, the practice will merge with the hospital’s Hungerford Diabetes Center and will be renamed “CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology.” The practice and center will continue offering all of their current services and will be based in the same location at 780 Litchfield Street in Torrington – just up the hill from the CHH main hospital buildings.  

“I am so pleased to become a part of Hospital’s Multi-specialty group and continue to work with my colleagues at the Hungerford Diabetes Center. We have had a wonderful partnership over the years, and I look forward to continuing to provide our local Diabetes patients with the very best care and support.” said Dr. Bogdanovics.  

Endocrinologist Egils Bogdanovics, M.D., joined the CHH Medical Staff in 2000. He attended St. George’s University Medical School, conducted a Residency and Internship St. Mary’s Hospital, and a Fellowship at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Diabetes & Metabolism. 

The practice offers metabolic and endocrine services as well as a team approach in diagnosing, treating and providing diabetic patients with the skills to prevent complications and to manage a healthy life style. It also operates an American Diabetes Association recognized program to help people with diabetes, and offers insulin pump training, weight loss programs, carbohydrate counting classes, blood glucose awareness training, and continuous glucose monitoring. A popular offering is weekend “boot camps” that Dr. Bogdanovics and Diabetes educator Lois Pelletier developed so they could familiarize themselves with patients and their families and better teach them daily coping skills. These intensive, three-day programs feature lectures, equipment demonstrations, interactive group sessions, and inspirational speakers. Experts at the boot camps formulate individualized exercise and meal plans for the patients to follow once they return home. 

The practice also employs new technology including the continuous glucose-monitoring device, which fits just under the skin and measures blood glucose levels every five minutes, and is as innovative as the discovery of insulin treatment. Patients wear the device for a week, then the Center analyzes the data to study patterns and identify unrecognized periods of low blood sugar. Caregivers can then adjust insulin levels and offer lifestyle and medication modifications tailored to each patient. 

Dr. Bogdanovics believes that one of the Center’s key missions is teaching patients about the importance of exercise and how to exercise. He has seen patients who have never exercised or who are confused when a doctor tells them to “go exercise and I’ll see you in six months.” Bogdanovics’s advice: walk briskly for 30 minutes five times a week. 

The Diabetes Association has declared diabetes a national epidemic: an estimated 29.7 million children and adults in the U.S. have the disease and, of those, 8.1 million are undiagnosed. Each year, 1.7 million new cases are diagnosed, and diabetes in the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. “It is estimated that one in every three children born today will have diabetes in their lifetime,” says Dr. Bogdanovics. “This is why it is imperative that we develop a better understanding of this very serious health problem.” 

The practice accepts most major insurances. For questions and to schedule an appointment, contact 860-496-2198. 

The CHH Multi-Specialty Group is a local network of outpatient physician practices and services owned and managed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital that consist of over 60 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These outpatient hospital departments coordinate care among a multitude of specialties that include CHH Cardiovascular Medicine, CHH Joint Replacement & Orthopedics, CHH Neurology, CHH Primary Care of Torrington and Thomaston, CHH Surgical Associates, CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology, CHH Infectious Disease, CHH Behavioral Health, CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and CHH Medical Walk-In. 

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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