Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is moving patient services to the UMMC Midtown Campus this month. Adult and pediatric patients currently served by University of Maryland diabetes and endocrinology specialists at 22 S. Greene Street in downtown Baltimore and other UMMC outpatient sites will now have all services conveniently located at UMMC Midtown, 827 Linden Avenue, starting March 26.
The new center will merge this regional practice with existing diabetes and endocrinology services at the UMMC Midtown Campus to provide medical care for patients from infancy through adulthood in one location. The center -- which has a triage area, patient education area and 17 exam rooms -- is located on the second floor of the main hospital building at UMMC Midtown Campus.
"Being in the same building will make it much more convenient for our diabetes and endocrinology patients to come to one place for all their needs, and it affords the staff greater opportunity to confer about complex cases and collaborate to provide patient-centered care," says Stephen N. Davis, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P., F.A.C.P., Theodore E. Woodward Professor of Medicine and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a nationally known diabetes expert. "The new location also provides the additional space we need to carry out our mission as one of the region's major centers for diabetes and endocrinology."
The diabetes and endocrinology practice at UMMC is the first major medical subspecialty to move from UMMC's main campus to the UMMC Midtown Campus, formerly Maryland General Hospital. The new diabetes and endocrinology center will eventually move into a new ambulatory care building at UMMC Midtown, along with other subspecialties, once the building is completed in 2016. Construction of the new ambulatory care center is scheduled to begin in spring 2014.
"By moving our diabetes and endocrinology services to the UMMC Midtown Campus, we will be better able to serve the needs of our patients -- not only in our community but throughout the region," says Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center's two campuses. "Whether they live in Baltimore or elsewhere in the region, patients who come to the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at UMMC Midtown Campus will have greater access to expanded services and high-quality, specialized medical care that you would expect at an academic medical center, in a comfortable, convenient community setting."
Nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, including 7 million who have not been diagnosed. Another 79 million have prediabetes, which increases their risk of developing diabetes. In Maryland, an estimated 500,000 people have diabetes, including 117,000 who have not been diagnosed. Another 1 million have prediabetes.
"Diabetes is a major public health problem in the United States that is rapidly reaching epidemic proportions. Our faculty is actively involved in research to develop better treatments for the increasing number of people dealing with this disease," says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. "Early intervention, education, and access to disease management services are key to helping people with diabetes live healthy lives and avoid debilitating complications."
In addition to treating diabetes, University of Maryland endocrinologists care for patients with often-complex endocrine disorders, such as pituitary and adrenal diseases, lipid disorders, thyroid problems and metabolic bone and mineral disorders. Using a multidisciplinary approach, subspecialty clinics focus on medical problems ranging from pituitary tumors and thyroid nodules to osteoporosis. The center cares for adults as well as children with endocrine disorders.
The expanded center remains part of the University of Maryland Diabetes Network, which has more than 150 experts at UMMC Midtown Campus and four other hospitals in the University of Maryland Medical System. The diabetes network offers the highest level of comprehensive care, education and complications prevention. The center also conducts leading-edge research providing opportunities for patients to receive the most advanced care.
"Our goal is a better outcome for the patient," said Kristi D. Silver, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology's interim director. "When you have the team working together, you can make a lot of positive breakthroughs in the patient's quality of life and diabetes control."
The new diabetes and endocrinology center will treat an estimated 5,000 patients, who account for more than 15,000 patient visits a year. With the new ambulatory care center, Dr. Davis estimates that the staff will eventually be able to handle 50,000 patient visits a year.
The center offers a multidisciplinary team approach to care, with endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators, nutritionists and support staff working together to come up with individual treatment plans for patients. They also work very closely with podiatrists, ophthalmologists, psychologists and psychiatrists, and other specialists who care for diabetes and other endocrine-centered health issues. The center's physicians have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for their skill in providing the highest-level diabetes care. The American Diabetes Association has recognized the center's patient diabetes education program.
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is comprised of two hospitals in Baltimore: an 800-bed teaching hospital -- the flagship institution of the 12-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) -- and a 200-bed community teaching hospital, UMMC Midtown Campus. UMMC is national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, diabetes and endocrinology, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the flagship hospital are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. At UMMC Midtown Campus, faculty physicians work alongside community physicians to provide patients with the highest quality care. UMMC Midtown Campus was founded in 1881 and is located a mile away from the University Campus hospital.