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Contact: Serena Smith
Office: 419-469-3890
Cell: 419-262-0371

ProMedica to Celebrate the Region's First Comprehensive Diabetes Center

posted on: 05/30/2014

ProMedica Mary Ellen Falzone Diabetes Center is Devoted to Diabetes Care and Education

TOLEDO, Ohio, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 – The ProMedica Mary Ellen Falzone Diabetes Center will host a dedication ceremony and open house featuring singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox on Thursday, April 24 at 5 p.m.

Located in the new 55,000-square-foot ProMedica Toledo Hospital Medical Office Building I, the Falzone Diabetes Center is committed to improving the health and well-being of children and adults with diabetes. Comprehensive care and education are now available in a single location, providing patients convenient access to:

  • Primary care physicians at ProMedica Toledo Hospital Family Medicine Residency who can diagnosis and help manage diabetes

  • Diabetes nurse educators to learn how to manage diabetes

  • Adult and pediatric endocrinologists at the Endocrine & Diabetes Care Center who treat patients with endocrine-related health conditions such as diabetes

  • Pharmacists at ProMedica Pharmacy Counter to consult with on medication dosage and interaction

  • Diabetes medical supplies, such as glucose testing supplies and accessories

  • Dietitians to learn how to eat to manage diabetes

  • ProMedica Laboratory for blood tests, including A1C

  • Wound care supplies for treating diabetes-related wounds

Click here to view an infographic of ProMedica’s diabetes services.

ProMedica established the Falzone Diabetes Center to address the growing diabetes epidemic in northwest Ohio. According to the 2011 Lucas County Health Assessment, 13% of Lucas County residents have diabetes, up from 12% in 2007.

John Brunner, MD, of the Endocrine & Diabetes Care Center, and medical director for diabetes care at the Falzone Diabetes Center, said treating diabetes takes a team approach.

“Working together, we can counteract the risk of developing life altering diabetes complications such as vision loss, heart disease and kidney failure,” said Dr. Brunner.

The center is named in memory of Mary Ellen Falzone, a south Toledo teen who died from diabetes complications in 1978 at the age of 14. The Falzone family donated $1 million to support the establishment of the $15.6 million facility. The building is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designed (LEED) certified, meaning it uses less energy than a similar building.

For more information about the ProMedica Mary Ellen Falzone Diabetes Center, visit www.promedica.org/falzonediabetescenter.

Media Availability
When: Thursday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: ProMedica Mary Ellen Falzone Diabetes Center
ProMedica Toledo Hospital Medical Office Building I
2100 W. Central Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43606
Details: Tour the facility. Following the tour, interviews will be available with John Brunner, MD, medical director of the ProMedica Mary Ellen Falzone Diabetes Center, and singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age six.


About ProMedica
Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica is a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 15,000 employees and nearly 1,900 physicians with more than 600 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 12 hospitals and more than 300 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity. For more information, please visit www.promedica.org.