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Northeast Missouri Diabetes & Obesity Center Accepting Patients in March

Diabetes &
Center Accepting Patients in

MEMPHIS, MO – The Scotland County Hospital was
recently awarded a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to fund the
Northeast Missouri Diabetes &
Obesity Center (NEMO DOC) at
Scotland County Hospital in Memphis Medical Services.  The goal of the Northeast Missouri Diabetes
and Obesity Clinic is to improve the access to quality, evidence-based,
multi-disciplinary care for diabetes, obesity, and their associated conditions.

The Diabetes and
Obesity Center services will expand access to patient
care thru a clinic for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and metabolic
syndromes for residents in the region.  
The Center and its multi-disciplinary providers will demonstrate that the
most effective treatment of diabetes involves the treatment of obesity, and the
most effective treatment of these obese patients cannot be done without also
treating the metabolic problems of obesity that closely mirror those of the
diabetic patient.

Patients can simply refer themselves to the Center or
discuss this option with their primary care provider, for a physician
referral.  Patients will be evaluated and
treated based on their needs from the following multi-disciplines at Scotland
County Hospital: Cardiac Rehab, Respiratory Therapy, Therapy Services, Clinical
Pharmacist, Dietitian, Social Worker, Medical Weight Loss/Exercise Support
Program, Bariatric Surgeon and utilize Telehealth for services not available locally to assist in
improving compliance such as counseling, foot care or wound care.  Patient treatment plans will be sent to the
referring primary care physicians to assist them in the ongoing treatment of
their patient.

Center medical director, Bill Dixon, MD, said, “I was
not surprised, at all, to find in the local research for this grant that in
86.8% of the diabetic population was either overweight or obese. Between July
2008 and June 2009, my colleagues and I, at Memphis Medical Services, treated
718 patients with a diagnosis related to diabetes, obesity and related
illnesses.  Diabetes and obesity are
becoming our nation’s most costly disease. 
By using this approach of bundling multiple local services for the
patients, two days a month at the Center, we hope to improve the lives of these

The Northeast Missouri Diabetes and
Obesity Center will conduct free health screenings at
Scotland County Hospital on Thursday, February 11th from
4 – 6:30 p.m. in the Hospital Conference Room (north
entrance).  These screenings will include
non-fasting Body Mass Index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose and
cholesterol..  Each of the attendees will
have the opportunity to have a free and private consultation with one of the
Diabetes &
Obesity Center’s healthcare providers.  There will be healthy snacks provided. 

The Diabetes &
Obesity Center will begin accepting patients two days
each month beginning in March and you can call Memphis Medical Services at
660-465-2828 to make an appointment.

Funding for this project was provided in part by the
Missouri Foundation for Health.  The
Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is
to improve the health of the people in the communities we