Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Diabetes Education Fund recently received a $1,000 donation from the Harwinton Lions Club to help fund programs and the newest continuous glucose monitoring technology for its Diabetes patients. This is the 14th consecutive year that the Lions have donated to help Diabetes Patients at the Center.
In what has become an annual tradition, Lions President Bruce Richard Harwinton and Past President David Neri presented the check to Dr. Egils Bogdanovics and Lois Pelletier, RN, CDE, just before a Diabetes Talk in November at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.
“Once again we are ever so grateful to the Harwinton Lions Club for their generosity and support in helping us to offer the latest technology to our patients.” said Lois Pelletier, RN, CDE, the Program Coordinator at CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology.
The donation will be used to fund new glucose monitors that are given to a patient to wear for seven days where it takes a reading of blood sugar levels every 5 minutes. The device is then returned to the center and the data collected is then analyzed by physicians. Information collected allows caregivers to study patterns and identify unrecognized periods of low blood sugar. This is then used to adjust insulin levels and offer lifestyle and medication modifications.
The Harwinton Lions raise money to support the efforts of the Diabetes Center and other organizations at fundraisers throughout the year including their annual summer concerts held at the Harwinton Fairgrounds.
Lions Club International (LCI) established a Diabetes Awareness Program to assist local Lions Clubs in conducting and supporting local and large-scale efforts leading to the control and treatment of diabetes and its complications through education, prevention, and research. Lions have worked with community healthcare organizations to provide diabetes screenings, educational programs and funding, camps, and other assistance to people with diabetes.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Diabetes and Endocrinology practice is part of the hospital’s Multi-Specialty Group and is headed Dr. Egils Bogdanovics and located just up the hill from the CHH main hospital buildings.
The practice 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. The Center 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.
The practice accepts most major insurances. For questions and to schedule an appointment, contact 860-496-2198.
The 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. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.
PHOTO CAPTION: (LtoR) Harwinton Lions President Bruce Richard and Past President David Neri present a $1,000 donation to Lois Pelletier, RN, CDE, and Dr. Egils Bogdanovics of the CHH Diabetes Center.