Jackson Hospital promotes Diabetes awareness with Taste of the Season


For Immediate Release
Contact:  Rosie Smith

Jackson Hospital promotes Diabetes awareness with Taste of the Season
Free, annual diabetic program and holiday dinner with all the trimmings

 November 14, 2017 Marianna, FL -  Jackson Hospital joins the United Nations recognition of  November 14th as World Diabetes Day.  The date is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, Nobel laureate, medical scientist, and painter.

All of November, however, is set aside as Diabetes Awareness Month.

Those living with Diabetes has increased over time.  The American Diabetes Association website indicates that “Diabetes doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke and can cause kidney failure, blindness, and lower limb amputation.”

According to the International Diabetes Federation, worldwide one in 11 people have Diabetes.  Closer to home, the statistics are equally startling:  In Florida, 11.2% of adults in 2014 had a Diabetes diagnosis.  In Jackson County, 12.4% of adults, age 20 and above have been diagnosed with Diabetes.

The hospital through its Education department is offering a one-of-a-kind, free, public education event called Taste of the Season.  Taste of the Season showcases how those with diabetes can eat tasty, carbohydrate-balanced meals, and still have favorite Holiday foods using basic carbohydrate counting.

This year’s keynote speaker is board certified General Surgeon Dr. Chai Arunakul, FACS, presenting “The Diabetic Foot.”  Following his presentation is Kristina Edwards, RDN/LD, discussing the concept of “Mindful Eating.”

Taste of the Season is Tuesday, December 5th, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Agricultural Center, 2741 Pennsylvania Avenue, Marianna.  Register to reserve your meal by calling 850.718.2884.  Use Facebook to indicate you are attending and share the event with your friends at https://www.facebook.com/jacksonhospitalmarianna/.

Throughout the year, Jackson Hospital takes an active role partnering with the community to meet its diabetes educational needs. The hospital provides a monthly diabetes education class, offered free of charge, team taught by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Registered Nurse.  For more information about Jackson Hospital’s Diabetes Education classes, contact Eric Miller, RN, at 850.718.2843.

About Jackson Hospital

Jackson hospital is an award-winning facility and is proud of its most recent award, the FHA Award of Significance in Reducing Harm Across the Board from the Florida Hospital Association at its Quality and Patient Safety Summit in September 2016.  Jackson Hospital's recognition is due to its success meeting the Partnership for Patients' goals in at least 80% of the applicable topic areas, reducing patient harm and readmissions and making the FHA Hospital Engagement Network so successful.  Statewide, the FHA estimates that hospitals in the HEN prevented 5,283 cases of harm, avoiding $28.7 million in health care costs. 

Before that award, designation as iVantage’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital.  The hospital, one of only 1,043 of more than 3,300 eligible, was recently recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals:  Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Immunization, and Perinatal Care.  The March of Dimes and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognize Jackson Hospital as the first hospital in Florida’s panhandle for achieving an early elective delivery rate less than 5%.  The hospital was also recently designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinctive Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program.

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