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Central Texas Medical Center: News

CTMC presents 4th annual free Diabetes Dialogue Day and other opportunities for diabetes education

SAN MARCOS, TX – More than 25 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. That’s 8.3 percent of the population. Of these, 7 million people have not been diagnosed, and 79 million others have pre-diabetes.

Diabetes can cause problems with the blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, heart and more. That’s why Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is raising diabetes awareness and helping those with the disease and/or ones who love and care for them with its fourth annual Diabetes Dialogue Day. The event is free to the community and will take place on Nov. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom. Space is limited, so those interested in attending should reserve their spot by calling (512) 753-3818, or by visiting and clicking on “Classes and Events.”

The following vendors are scheduled to appear:

Exhibitors/Screenings: 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Anytime Fitness
– Exercise & Diabetes – Body Composition Screening
Central Texas Eye Center – Vision & Glaucoma Screenings
CTMC Clinical Education – Blood Pressure Checks
CTMC Diabetes Education – Blood Pressure Check
CTMC Institute for Advanced Would Healing – Wound Care & Diabetes
CTMC Sleep Center – Sleep & Diabetes – Sleep Study Assessment
Novo Nordisk – Diabetes Education
Pediatric Endocrinology of Central Texas – Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes, ages birth to 22 years
Sanofi Aventis – Diabetes Education
Texas State University – Best Food FITS – Health promotion & information on sugar-sweetened beverages

The following speakers are scheduled to appear:

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.:
Alicia Westfall, RD/LD – Nutrition
Nutrition Presentation with Cooking Demonstration
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.: Lenore DePagter, DO – Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Basics of Diabetes
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Shannon Marek, MD – Gastroenterology
Gastrointestinal Complications of Diabetes
12:00 – 12:50 p.m.: Healthy Lunch & Presentation by Curves
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion – A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Diabetes Management
Faisal Syed, MD – Cardiology
Joshua Hu, MD – Ophthalmology
Diane Phalen, DPM – Podiatry
B.J. Friedman, PhD, RD, LD – Nutrition

Additionally, diabetes patient Kent Porter will present a community session on Nov. 15 called “Taking Control” where he will share some tips for keeping blood sugar levels in check. Healthy blood sugar levels may help reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom. To RSVP for this event, or for more information, please call Mario Torres at (512) 753-3706.

For those interested in learning how to prepare diabetes-friendly meals, the CTMC Dietary and Nutrition team will present a free healthy cooking demonstration on Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. called “Delicious Diabetic Dishes” that will teach participants how to make low carbohydrate side dishes and desserts for holiday meals. To RSVP, please call (512) 753-3818. The hospital also provides free glucose checks and diabetes risk assessments in the main lobby on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit

About CTMC
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 700 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 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. 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, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666