Diabetes is one of America’s most prevalent chronic diseases. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Diabetes ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the District of Columbia in 2008. In 2008 and 2009 diabetes accounted for an average of 146.5 deaths per year in the District. Mortality associated with diabetes is highest in District wards 4, 5, 7, and 8.
Recognizing this critical health issue, Providence will become the first Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate in Washington, DC. The Joslin Diabetes Center, based in Boston, MA is recognized as a national and international leader in diabetes treatment, education and research.
The Center is scheduled to open this Fall and will be located in the DePaul building, at 1160 Varnum Street, NE Suite 110.
More than 25 million Americans already have diabetes, and an additional 40 million adults over age 40 are at risk with pre-diabetes. On average, people with diabetes incur nearly four times as much in medical costs as people without the disease. “The medical complexity of diabetes requires specially trained health care professionals as well as the range of services that a quality hospital like Providence offers,” said Dr. Abbas Motazedi, Endocrinologist and Medical Director of the new Joslin Diabetes Center at Providence.”
“This is a huge problem nationwide, and particularly in our DC Community,” said Dr. Marcy Oppenheimer, Family Medicine Physician at Providence. “Working with our physician and payer colleagues, we can reduce the risk of all complications of diabetes – like eye, heart, kidney and nerve damage – with effective management. The new Center will allow us provide that kind of management.”
Joslin is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. It was established more than 100 years ago as the private practice of Elliott P. Joslin, MD., a diabetes specialist for over 60 years.
Dr. Motazedi, (Endocrinologist) will serve as Medical Director. The new Center will also be staffed with, dietitians, diabetes nurse educators, an exercise specialist, and eye and physician services. Weight management services will also be available at the Center.
Dr. Marcy Oppenheimer (Family Medicine) will lead a Primary Care Certification program in collaboration with a team from Joslin in Boston to improve access to diabetes educational resources and optimal diabetes care among Providence affiliated physicians.
Contact 202.269-7958 for more information.