Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate Offers Top-Notch Endocrinology Expertise and Patient Education

November 3, 2009

clinical excellenceFor individuals with diabetes, successfully controlling their condition depends as much on their level of knowledge as it does on their blood sugar levels. That’s why medical care and patient education programs are all under one roof at Floyd Memorial’s Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate.

broadstone“Diabetes is chronic. It’s going to be there. The education classes we offer give individuals the tools and knowledge to handle the disease. They get you recharged about taking care of yourself.”

Vasti Broadstone, MD
Board Certified Endocrinologist
Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate

The Center opened in 1997 as Kentuckiana’s only diabetes program affiliated with the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Joslin, a global leader in diabetes research, care and education, has been dedicated to conquering the disease for over a century.

“This is the most comprehensive diabetes program in the area,” said Sri Prakash Mokshagundam, MD, one of the renowned endocrinologists working at the center. “We have a full complement of diabetes education, counseling, weight management and endocrinologists.”

The endocrinologists work closely with the education staff, all of whom are certified diabetes educators by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), said Vasti Broadstone, MD, a Joslin endocrinologist. “Patient education is so intrinsically tied to what we do, I could hardly function without them.”

Dr. Broadstone explained that while she can tell patients how to control their diabetes, the learning process of how to do it themselves takes much more than a single office visit. “Diabetes requires you to be a pharmacist, nurse, dietitian, doctor and psychologist,” she said. “If you don’t have the right tools, you will be overwhelmed, burn out and give up.”

In addition to cutting-edge medical care, the right tools at Joslin include educational courses, which feature sessions for people newly diagnosed and those needing a refresher. Also offered are classes that help patients prevent or delay the onset of type-2 diabetes, prenatal programs and free seminars with speakers on relevant topics. Support groups, also led by certified diabetes educators, are open to all patients and their loved ones.

sri1“The certified diabetes educators we utilize are very familiar with the way we treat our patients, and that results in more coordinated care. We view the same problem from two different perspectives.”

Sri Prakash Mokshagundam, MD
Board Certified Endocrinologist
Floyd Memorial Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate

Pioneering the Best of What’s New

The Joslin doctors also treat other endocrine issues, such as thyroid conditions, polycystic ovary syndrome, adrenal disorders, pituitary disease and hormonal disorders. Just as patients must keep up with their education, Joslin professionals are dedicated to finding new and better ways to help them.

Vasdev Lohano, MD, FACE, an endocrinologist at the Center, is finding much success with a new kind of continuous glucose monitoring system that takes blood sugar levels every five minutes and transmits results to a beeper-size monitor. “If you’re checking only once a day, you don’t really know what’s happening to your sugar level,” he explained. “Continuous monitoring opens your eyes to what happens when you eat certain things.”

Along with using the latest monitoring tools, Joslin’s team is involved in facilitating cutting-edge clinical trials. “The trials help us keep ourselves abreast of the latest developments in our field,” Dr. Mokshagundam explained.

actionTo learn more about clinical trials currently enrolling patients at the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate, call 812-981-6684.