New Diabetes Center: A Healthcare Triumph

Nearly 1 in 10 adults on Staten Island and the North Shore are diabetic, according to a report published in 2019 by the Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC).

The report also states that diabetes is one of the top five causes of death in New York City. Only heart disease, cancer, flu or pneumonia and stroke kill more New Yorkers than diabetes.

And consider this: The RUMC report states that the Staten Island African American death rate due to diabetes is more than 3 times higher than the Caucasian death rate.

These are very troubling statistics.

But I believe we can expect a reduction in the death rates of all Staten Islanders afflicted with diabetes, thanks to a new Diabetes Center that opened at the New York Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt facility.

The diabetes center is a partnership of New York Health + Hospitals and the Richmond University Medical Center.

The advantage of locating the center at Gotham Health is that it gives patients "one stop shopping" for eye and foot care, nutrition counseling and vascular screenings, all of which are particularly important for people with diabetes.

The vascular screenings performed at the clinic will ensure that patients with diabetes can be referred to RUMC for immediate treatment and surgery, if needed. Vascular disease is highly prevalent in patients with diabetes.

By providing individual care, assessment and education to Staten Islanders with diabetes, this clinic will be helping them manage their condition – and as we know, diabetes is manageable.

Researchers say that they will one day find a cure for diabetes. I’m confident that someday a cure will be discovered. Until that day, I’m grateful to those who made this center possible.

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