SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– Are you a diabetic who is unsure about taking insulin?
Diabetes patient Frank Atherton knows that fear and uncertainty first-hand and will soon deliver a free, one-hour education program at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) where he will share his personal experiences with diabetes and taking insulin to control his blood sugar.
Managing Diabetes: The Next Step will take place on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom, located at 1301 Wonder World Drive.
Atherton is a specially trained member of the A1C Champions® program, supported by Sanofi US, which provides a patient-led approach to diabetes education. He has diabetes and takes insulin as part of his overall diabetes treatment plan that includes diet, exercise and other diabetes medications. Atherton understands the challenges to controlling blood sugar and starting insulin and would like to help others in their journey with diabetes.
“Insulin has helped me control my blood sugar, and that’s a good thing,” Atherton said.
Atherton’s presentation will address the following topics:
• Why insulin is not a sign of failure but a treatment that may help you achieve blood sugar control as part of an overall diabetes treatment plan
• The concerns he had about starting insulin
• Misperceptions about insulin
For questions or to learn more about this event, please call CTMC Diabetes Educator Mario Torres at (512) 753-3706.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 600 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.