Monthly diabetes education series kicks off June 23

Posted: 6/9/2015

The Vassar Brothers Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center will begin a monthly education series on diabetes management for patients and caregivers with a lecture and discussion by Dr. Francine Brooks titled “Wound Healing and Diabetes.”

The free lecture is from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, in Conference Room B of Vassar Brothers Medical Center, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie.

“Preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes is a priority for Health Quest and Vassar Brothers Medical Center,” said Charlene Yousey, director of the Vassar Brothers Wound Care Center. “It’s also very important that we continue to educate those who have diabetes how to properly manage it and maintain a good quality of life.”

Brooks is co-medical director of the Vassar Brothers Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. She is a physician with Health Quest Medical Practice in the City of Poughkeepsie, who specializes in emergency and internal medicine. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. She did her postgraduate work in emergency medicine at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and in internal medicine at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

This series aims to provide education and support for diabetic patients and their family members. It will continue on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Pre-registration is required for all who attend.

Licensed Social Worker and Certified Case Manager Marion Levine, who has worked at Vassar Brothers Medical Center for several years, will also attend each lecture to answer questions and offer support. Attendees will also receive information on proper nutrition and medication.

The schedule for the remainder of 2015 will include topics such as eye health, caregiver support, diabetes and vascular health and podiatry. The speakers are Dr. Daniel Brocks of Hudson Valley Eye Surgeons (July 28), social worker Marion Levine (Aug. 25), Dr. Andreas Spirig of The Vascular Group (Sept. 22), a physician from Seeta Eye Associates (Oct. 27) and Dr. John Zboinski of Rhinebeck Foot Care (Nov. 24). All physicians are on the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

To pre-register to attend one or all of the lectures or for more information, please call 845-431-2445.

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