Upstate News

June 4, 2007
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Joslin moves to larger quarters to meet increase in patients diagnosed with diabetes

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —The Joslin Diabetes Center of SUNY Upstate Medical University, a designated New York State Diabetes Center of Excellence, has found a new, larger home for its growing numbers of adult and pediatric patients with diabetes and other endocrine disorders, such as thyroid diseases and osteoporosis.

The move to 3229 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, allows the Joslin Center to accommodate its increase in patient referrals—50 new patients per week—and to expand upon its many services offered in the areas of patient care, patient and professional education, clinical research and community outreach programs.

The move from its approximately 7,000 square-foot former University Health Care Center (UHCC) site to the 16,794 square foot building that once housed Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists doubles the number of patient examination and treatment rooms, teaching rooms and classrooms available for patient education.

Other benefits include free on-site parking for Joslin patients and staff and podiatry service soon to again be housed directly under Joslin’s roof. The new center is the site of the innovative school telemedicine program that allows children with diabetes and their school nurses to consult via telemedicine with Joslin providers.

“An increased demand for the type of unique, high quality care that Joslin is noted for led to our search for a larger facility,” said Ruth Weinstock, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center and SUNY Upstate professor of Medicine and chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at University Hospital.

“The need for a larger physical plant was made even more evident three years ago when we added the program for children and adolescents with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Back then we treated 500 children, but today we treat more than 850 children and adolescents with diabetes and that number is growing exponentially,” said Weinstock. In addition, Joslin also is participating in a National Institutes of Health clinical trial to study treatment options for type 2 diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents. All pediatric endocrine patients also will soon be cared for at the new site.

The Joslin Diabetes Center at SUNY Upstate opened in 1995 as the 11th out of what is now 25 affiliates of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

SUNY Upstate’s Center is the only one of its kind in New York. Joslin Centers are internationally recognized leaders in diabetes treatment, research and education.

According to Weinstock, Joslin uses a team approach in meeting the physical and emotional needs of its patients.

“Our staff includes nationally-recognized experts in the areas of adult and pediatric endocrinology; certified diabetes educators including registered dietitians, nurses, exercise physiologists and physical therapists; adult and pediatric psychologists; nurse practitioners and insulin pump trainers,” she said. “Because Joslin is part of SUNY Upstate Medical University and University Hospital, Joslin patients have direct access to specialists in other specialty services such as neurologists, ophthalmologists, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, nephrologists and mental health counseling.

The Joslin Diabetes Center also houses a Thyroid Center of Excellence, an Osteoporosis Center and is one of the nation’s forerunners in using telemedicine as an outreach mechanism to provide care to patients who live in outlying areas.

The Joslin Diabetes Center participated in the nation’s largest civilian telemedicine effort funded by the federal government to improve diabetes healthcare by providing home tele-visits to underserved rural Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes in New York State.

Ongoing research includes numerous clinical studies related to diabetes and the complications of diabetes, prevention of diabetes, and treatments for osteoporosis. The Joslin Diabetes Center can be reached by calling 315-464-5726 or 800-668-4536. Information about research studies can be obtained by calling the Endocrine Research Team at 315-464-9007.

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