Palmetto Health has received a $270,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to expand its Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The funding received from the Endowment will allow Palmetto Health to enroll more participants and increase community outreach. To date, 64 percent of patients who complete the program show measurable improvements that are linked to reduction in overall risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Through Palmetto Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program, potential participants are screened, diagnosed and identified as pre-diabetic. Patients are assessed using readiness to change tools before being placed into the Diabetes Prevention Program. Once placed into the program, participants receive extensive education about eating healthy, exercising and recognizing social cues to facilitate change.
“We’re changing lives with this program. We’ve seen patients who are able to make their lives better and prevent the onset of this disease,” said Ava Dean, manager of the Diabetes Prevention Program. “Since diabetes statistics in South Carolina are alarming, we want to do everything that we can to help community members not have to deal with the consequences of diabetes.”
The Palmetto Health Diabetes Initiative team collects HbA1c, blood pressure, BMI, body fat percentage waist circumference, arm circumference and thigh circumference for each DPP participant. These measures are collected before the patients begin the program, at mid-point and after the patients complete the program. Successful completion means that a patient has shown measureable improvement.
For more information about this program, contact the Palmetto Health Office of Community Health at 803-296-3070.
About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest health care system in the Midlands and third largest non-governmental employer in South Carolina, is composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes five acute-care hospitals—Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland—as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, the region’s newest hospital located in northwest Columbia, opened in spring 2014. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit http://www.PalmettoHealth.org.
About The Duke Endowment
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.