Lung Center NJ: Deborah Heart and Lung Center
Deborah Heart and Lung Center will officially open its new Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate on Wednesday, November 9. State Senator Dawn Marie Addiego, 8th Legislative District and Elizabeth A. Ryan, Esq., NJ Hospital Association President and CEO, will join other local and state dignitaries as keynote speakers. Lakewood resident Yarachmiel Altman will be recognized by Joslin with a 50-year Medalist Award, for successfully living with diabetes for half a century.
Recognizing the significant link between diabetes and heart disease, Deborah decided to partner two years ago with the Joslin Diabetes Center, headquartered in Boston, long recognized as the most prestigious and successful diabetes management and education program in the world.
The Joslin program at Deborah is housed in the newly-renovated Cymrot Building on Deborah’s campus, offering a large education center, private consultation rooms, three exam rooms, on-site lab capability, convenient parking, and a beautifully-appointed waiting area.
The building’s amenities are complemented by a strong diabetes management team, including physician medical director, certified diabetes educator, nutritionist, registered nurse, as well as the support of over 100 years of Joslin experience in managing and treating diabetes. The Diabetes Center is conveniently located and provides access to the renowned cardiac services of Deborah Heart and Lung Center as well.
Designed to work in tandem with primary care physicians, the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Deborah provides a personal and custom-designed diabetes management program – education and training, diet, exercise, and insulin management when needed. This allows for easy transfer back to community doctors, requiring only periodic follow-up with the Joslin Diabetes Center staff.
“The link between heart disease and diabetes is very well known,” said Deborah President and CEO Joseph P. Chirichella. “As the region’s premiere heart, lung, and vascular hospital it was clear to us that bringing Joslin’s expertise in diabetes management to our campus would be a boon not only to our heart patients who need diabetes care, but also to the other residents in Burlington, Camden, Monmouth and Mercer Counties who presently have diabetes and would benefit from such quality intervention.
“It is our hope that with this affiliation we can help diabetes patients prevent heart disease.”
Deborah’s Director, Endocrinology and Joslin Medical Director Jenine Vecchio, M.D. noted that the Joslin launch was already a success.
“Diabetes has become such a significant problem in our country,” she said. “It is our greatest hope that with continued support, education, and proper medical management, many of our patients will live full and productive lives. Since announcing the opening of the Joslin Center here, we have had a steady stream of physicians referring their patients to us. Clearly this service was needed in the area, and it is great to partner with the referring physicians out in the community for the health and well-being of their patients.”