On March 21st, Kings County Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new 4,500 square-foot state-of-the-art, $320,000 Diabetes Resource Center. Funded through a budget allocation supported by US Congressman Ed Towns, the new center was designed to provide greater access to patients to participate in diabetes management.
By bringing together all of the elements of diabetes self management into one cohesive space, the new facility offers clinical information systems and decision support “under one roof.”
The Center’s design is patient-friendly, with the computer resource room nestled in a living room setting where patients can access printed materials and computer-based care management information. The new space contains a demonstration kitchen, a spacious training center, and counseling space, all designed to enhance a patient’s experience. Located in the “B” Building, adjacent to the hospital’s Wellness Center, patients can go for exercise under the supervision of a trained physiologist. The center is staffed by 4 diabetes educators, an LPN and an administrative clerk.