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
- Point of Care Lab Services for A-1C
- Podiatry/Foot Care
- Retinal Screening
- Wound Care
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.
Diabetes Educator/Physician Assistant
Amy Underwood is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program. As a Certified Diabetes Educator and a Registered Dietitian, she will provide individualized patient treatment/care plans and will counsel the patient, staff and family with regard to the patient’s nutritional needs. In-service education will also be provided as needed.
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.
Tami Blecha, RN, MSN, is the Director of the Rural Health Clinics and the Diabetes Center. She has her Masters of Science in Nursing and comes to us from Travis Air Force Base, where she worked with Dr. Koteles as the Endocrinology Clinical Nurse/Office Manager. She has several years of experience in Rural Health Clinic nursing and management. Tami spent five years in the United States Air Force working in Balad, Iraq, where she directed the care for wounded, non-ambulatory soldiers. In addition, Tami has pediatric experience as a PICU and Pediatric Care Nurse in Texas and Missouri.
The Barragan Story
The Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation received a significant charitable donation in order to establish what will be known as 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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