Saint Francis hosting diabetes information fair on Nov. 15

Grand Island, Neb. The “Be Well” diabetes information fair will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, in Conference Room 2/3 at Saint Francis Medical Center. The public is invited to attend the event, which will be packed with ideas to help individuals manage their diabetes.

The information fair will also include door prizes and giveaways.

Saint Francis Medical activities will include diabetes education from certified diabetes educators, body-fat screenings and exercise advice from an exercise specialist, blood-pressure screening from Cardiac Rehab, information on managing diabetes during sick days from the Emergency Department, information about medication assistance and Lifeline from Social Work, holiday recipes and food samples from registered dietitians, tobacco cessation information from the Cancer Treatment Center and information about home-care services from HealthConnect at Home.

Participating community partners include Grand Island Cosmopolitan Club; Scot Bandel, DPM (basic foot exam); Mindy Rief, DDS (oral health screenings); Nebraska Kidney Association (free kidney early detection screening; Chad Hudnall, OD (eye-care questions and answers); Frontier Home Medical (diabetic shoe display); Abbott Insulet Corp, LifeScan, Nipro Diagnostics, Roche and Sanofi Aventis (blood glucose monitor vendors).

The program is a part of Saint Francis Medical Center’s “Be Well” community education series and was made possible through a generous donation to the Saint Francis Foundation from the estate of Olga Rathman, who witnessed the effects diabetes had on several members of her family before her death in November 2008 at the age of 100. “Be Well” is a community health education series from Saint Francis Medical Center. Visit us at www.saintfrancisgi.org

About Saint Francis Medical Center

Saint Francis Medical Center is a nonprofit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art healthcare services. A new patient tower was completed in 2007 with 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. Saint Francis also operates a Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an alcohol and drug treatment center.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Saint Francis Medical Center is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual operating revenues of approximately $9.6 billion, CHI is the nation's third-largest Catholic health care system.