Diabetes ServicesDiabetes is often considered a silent killer. It is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States and the leading cause of adult blindness, kidney failure, and amputations, as well as the leading contributor to heart attacks and strokes. In 2011, it was estimated that 25.8 million people living in the United States had diabetes, approximately 8.3 percent of the population. In California, there are an estimated 3.7 million people with the disease, meaning that more than 1 out of 7 adults Californians has diabetes. From 1998 to 2007, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes in California rose from 5.5 to 7.6 percent, representing a 38 percent increase in one decade.
Studies show that staying within one’s target blood glucose range, even half the time, can result in both immediate and long-term benefits. Proper self-management and control of blood sugar levels can significantly delay or prevent complications, helps develop coping skills for living with diabetes and improves the quality of life for persons with diabetes.
Currently, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital offers a comprehensive range of family and specialty services through its Rural Health Clinics, the Multi-Specialty Center, and the Hospital. Services available now include:
- Patient Care
- Insulin Pumps – Initiation, Management and Training
- Diabetes Patient Education including New Onset Diabetes Classes
- Family Medicine/Primary Care
- Weight Loss Programs for Diabetics
- Nutrition Therapy
- Point of Care Lab Services – glucose, urine, hemoglobin
- Continuous Glucose Monitors
- Gestational Diabetes Education and Management
The Barragan Family Diabetes Center will provide treatment for anyone 18 years and above, regardless of the type of diabetes they may have, type 1, type 2, gestational, or any other special types of diabetes. Treatment and education will also be available for people who have prediabetes to help prevent or delay its onset.
The opening date is still to be determined on when the State of California can process the application and do the on-site survey for licensing.
Additional services that will be available when the center opens include:
- Point of Care Lab Services for A-1C
- Podiatry/Foot Care
- Retinal Screening
- Wound Care
YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is partnering with the Central Coast YMCA to provide a Diabetes Prevention Program for the residents of San Benito County. The CCYMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults (starting at 18 years of age) at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
Admission into the program is through physician referral. Talk to your physician if you feel this program is right for you.
Michael Fisher, owner of Fisher’s Restaurant, uses the new kitchen/classroom in the Diabetes Center for the Barragan Family Open House.
Dr. Michael Koteles is the full-time Medical Director of the Barragan Family Diabetes Center. Dr. Koteles, an experienced Endocrinologist, has been working part-time with HHMH for almost two years while he served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he was hired full time, currently working in the Multispecialty Center until the Diabetes Center is open. Dr. Koteles completed his internship and residency at Keesler Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. He then completed his fellowship in endocrinology diabetes and metabolism at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, he is very knowledgeable about the latest treatments for diabetes care and is a tremendous resource for the large number of diabetic patients in our county.
Hollister Multispecialty Center
890 Sunset Drive, Building A Suite 2A
Community Health Clinic
930 Sunset Drive, Building 3
Diabetes Center Administrative Director
Pharmacist Keith Stevens is the Diabetes Center Administrative Director. He has been Hazel Hawkins’ Pharmacy Director since 2000. He obtained his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of the Pacific in 1993.
Aileen Wang, MD joined the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Medical Staff in October of 2014. She is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. She performed her Internship and Residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Queens Hospital Center) program, Jamaica, NY. She completed her Fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, where she also served as Chief Fellow.
The Barragan Story
The Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation received a significant charitable donation in order to establish The Barragan Family Diabetes Center. The gift was made by Mrs. Mary Ann Barragan, long time resident of Hollister, California, in memory of her husband, Ray who suffered from diabetes for many years.
Mrs. Barragan noted, “Ray faithfully believed that nothing was impossible. He would say the phrase ‘I can’t’ really meant ‘I choose not to.’ In honoring him, our family is saying ‘we can’ help residents in San Benito County who have been diagnosed with the disease. I have many friends and family members with diabetes and this is the one way I can support them.”
Current data indicates that 12% of the adult population in San Benito County has diabetes. An estimated 47% of the adult population is considered pre-diabetic or at risk of becoming diabetic. That is over half of all adults living in San Benito County. This generous gift to establish The Barragan Family Diabetes Center will allow the Hospital to better serve community members suffering from the impacts of diabetes-related health issues. The center will include wound care, and will be the first and only of its kind in San Benito County.
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