Grant will help fund services to patients with diabetes.
NEWNAN, Ga. (April 18, 2011)—The Piedmont Newnan Hospital has received a generous grant of $100,300 from the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation to enhance services to patients with diabetes. The funds will enable the purchase of software to help physicians and nurses better manage blood sugar levels of critically ill patients as well as glucometers and strips for patients who can’t afford these medical supplies.
Pictured are (L-R): Joann Mitchell, PNH Education Services director; Tina Mann, PNH Critical Care Services director; Michael Bass, PNH President and CEO; Lee LaRowe, M.D., PNH Inpatient Medicine Services Director; Peggie Lawson, PNH Vice President and CNO; Kelly Loftin, PNH Philanthropy director; Kym Katz-Leroux, of the Katz Foundation; and Deva Hirsch, Katz Foundation executive director.
“Approximately 60 percent of our critically ill patients have diabetes,” said Michael Bass, president and CEO of Piedmont Newnan Hospital. “This grant will have a direct and positive effect on their successful return to good health.”
With this grant, Piedmont Newnan Hospital will be able to secure advanced software for the administration of insulin. A powerful drug used in the treatment of diabetes, insulin can be dangerous if not closely monitored. This software will help nurses and physicians more closely monitor each patient’s unique blood sugar levels and bring them back to better health more quickly.
Unfortunately, many patients have trouble affording their own medical supplies to properly manage their diabetes. Part of this grant will relieve some of their financial burden and help ensure that once patients are well, they stay that way with adequate resources to monitor their condition at home.
Finally, continuing education for physicians, nurses and dieticians will be made possible with this grant. Healthcare professionals will be able to become Certified Diabetes Educators and provide high quality education programs to diabetes patients.
The Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation seeks to fulfill the wishes of its founders by providing support for organizations that provide innovations in medicine, access to music and performance and lend support to those with chronic illness or other life challenges.
“We are so pleased to be one of the hospital's partners,” said Deva Hirsch, executive director of the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation. “With the family's business, Kason Industries, located in Coweta County, the trustees truly wish to contribute to the health and well-being of the county's residents.”
For more information about Piedmont Newnan Hospital and diabetes services, visit piedmontnewnan.org.