In an effort to educate individuals with diabetes about the dangers of wounds, St. Luke’s will hold special educational events in November. The programs, Diabetes & Wounds: A Dangerous Combination, will bring together wound and diabetes experts to inform people with diabetes how to protect themselves – life and limb.
The locations and speakers are:
Saturday, Nov. 2 • 9:30 am – noon • Phillipsburg, NJ
Marianna’s Banquet Center, 224 Stockton Street, Phillipsburg, NJ
Speakers: Wound care specialist Steven Bowers, DO, endocrinologist Ashish Shah, MD and diabetes educator Kathleen Decker, RD, LDN, CDE.
Register online: www.sluhn.org/diabetes11-2
Saturday, Nov. 11 • 9:30 am – noon • Quakertown, PA
McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn
4 South Main Street, Quakertown, PA
Speakers: Podiatric surgeon Brent Bernstein, DPM; nurse practitioner Stephen J. Roskos, CRNP and diabetes educator Janae Wames, CDE
Register online: www.sluhn.org/diabetes11-9
Having diabetes makes one more likely to develop serious, non-healing wounds, especially on the feet. Left untreated, wounds can become infected, which can lead to impaired movement, amputation and life-threatening infections. The speakers will discuss how people with diabetes can:
- Reduce their risk of developing wounds and related infections
- Identify wounds early, when they are easiest to heal
- Know when to seek help and where to find it
- Understand the connection between diabetes and wounds
- Use diet and exercise to reduce their risk of developing wounds
The talks will be followed by a free, healthy luncheon, beginning at approximately noon. Check-in will be from 9-9:30 am. Registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, call St. Luke’s InfoLink, 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 4 or register online.
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital. In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.