From L-R: Dra. Ma. Victoria Valdez (IM-Diabetology), Ms. Tess Alcantara (Chief Nurse), Dr. Simon Malijan (IM- Diabetology), Dr. Reolito Perez (Medical Director), and Father Jose Francisco Teves (OSA)
Unihealth-Southwoods opened on September 20, 2017 its Diabetes Center —- the first in Binan that is dedicated to educating diabetes patients. Located on the 6th floor of USHMC, the center offers a range of services that includes diabetes counselling, communicating of physical fitness guidelines, diet counselling, and lectures and teaching of skills on blood glucose monitoring and insulin therapy.
The launch, which was attended by about 45 to 50 patients and patient-relatives, commenced with the delivery of free patient services: checking of blood sugar, body scan or fat analysis, and foot screening or the ABI test (ankle-brachial index). Patients who brought their old glucose meters were also given new ones by local representatives of medical device producers such as SciGen, J&J, B.Braun, and others. Partners in diabetes care such as Glucerna (Abbott), GlucoBest (Westmont), Nutren (Nestle) were also present to promote their products together with representatives from Sanofi, Getz, Otsuka, Lily, MSD, Novo Nordisk, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Servier, and Astra who provided educational and medical services to the attendees.
Old glucose meters swapped with new ones at the launch
To formally open the event, USHMC Medical Director, Dr. Reolito Perez, said a few words, emphasizing that the Diabetes Center is for the attendees’ benefit so that they have one place to go to if they have general questions about their conditions. After the opening remarks, IM- Diabetology specialist, Dr. Simon Malijan, gave a lecture on what causes diabetes and on how it can be managed.
Gracing the occasion and lending their support to the launch are USHMC founders, officers, and medical staff: Dr. Francisco Arciaga, Dra. Geraldine Arciaga, Dr. Elvis Bedia, Mr. Bueno Castillo, Ms. Nanette Castillo, Dr. Rolando Dela Merced, Dra. Elvia Estanislao, Dra. Melane Lopez, Dr. Reolito Perez, Mr. Romeo Carlos Perez, Engr. Steve Palma, Dra. Sylvia Ramilo, Dra. Victoria Valdez and others.