CHH Diabetes Center Receives $1K Donation From Harwinton Lions Club

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 15th consecutive year that the Lions have donated to the Center.

In what has become an annual tradition from the Lions, District 23B Governor Harry Schuh, Harwinton Lions Diabetes Chair Regina Neri and Lions Past President David Neri presented the check to Dr. Egils Bogdanovics and Lois Pelletier, RN, CDE, at the CHH Diabetes Center in Torrington.

“Once again we are so thankful to the Harwinton Lions Club for their generosity and support in assisting us to offer the latest technology and education to our patients.” said Lois Pelletier, RN, CDE, the Program Coordinator at CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology.

The donation will be used to fund new continuous 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.  

Lions Club International 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.

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