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Sutter Solano Medical Center Helps Touro University Launch Mobile Diabetes Education Center

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Sutter Solano Medical Center | 0 comments

VALLEJO – Touro University California alongside executives from Sutter Solano Medical Center unveiled and officially launched a first-of-its-kind mobile diabetes education center at a press conference on the Touro campus early morning Monday, March 13.

Dozens of community members attended the ribbon-cutting for Touro University California’s Mobile Diabetes Education Center on Monday.

Currently more than 29 million Americans have diabetes with 90 percent of those suffering from Type 2. One-third of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes suffer complications by the time they are diagnosed. In California, 55 percent of the population is currently diagnosed as having pre-diabetes or diabetes. The result is a state and a nation desperate for prevention and resolution. Early detection allows those at risk to take the necessary steps to lessen the impact of the disease and potentially prevent it from developing.

To address these every-growing numbers and encourage early education and intervention, Touro has established a mobile education center through the private support of donors including Sutter Health. The recreational vehicle, which has been retrofitted into a full mobile healthcare and education facility, will provide a variety of services including screenings, prevention services, education, demonstrations, training and more. Students from Touro, under faculty supervision, will provide all services in the mobile center and gain valuable understanding of how chronic illness impacts a community.

“This mobile center will enable our Touro faculty and students to provide much needed care and education to Solano’s underserved,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University California. “This project is just the latest example of how we are furthering our commitment to addressing the widespread issue of diabetes and dedication to the health of those in our community. Not only will we be able to make an impact right here in our own community, we will also be giving our students first-hand experience as part of their overall training.”

Estimates show that an individual’s health care costs triple the year they are diagnosed with diabetes, therefore showing that preventing diabetes by even 50% could result in substantial health care savings. In 2014, 36% of Solano County hospitalized patients had diabetes, increasing the cost of those patient’s hospitalization by nearly $18 million that year. Solano County had the second highest rate of diabetes in hospitalized patients in the state of CA and has been estimated to have at least 110,000 obese adults and at least 22,000 people with diabetes.

Disease prevention, management and treatment has been identified as a top priority in Solano County and something we at Sutter Solano Medical Center take seriously,” said Therese Frank, Manager of Nursing Services, Chief Experience Officer for Sutter Solano Medical Center. “We’re thrilled to launch this innovative Mobile Diabetes Education Center with Touro University and look forward to being part of many more efforts that help make our communities a healthier, more robust place to call home.”

Established in 1997, Touro University California has been deeply invested in the local community, providing a variety of outreach activities to serve the residents and address critical health care needs all while providing additional learning opportunities for its students. The mobile center, staffed by Touro faculty and students will routinely visit and serve those in Suisun City, Rio Vista and Dixon in addition to Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville and Benicia.

Diabetes expert and world-renowned researcher, Dr. Jay Shubrook of Touro University California, stands ready to arm Californians and all of those affected by this epidemic disease with the necessary education to increase early intervention. “Too many people are at risk for diabetes right here in our own community, and without having access to early information, may not have the opportunity to take the necessary actions to stop this largely preventable disease. Early information allows for early intervention. It is our goal that this mobile center will reach and educate many of those in desperate need and begin to help us lower the numbers we are seeing grow on a yearly basis.”

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Sutter Solano Medical Center | 0 comments