A quarter century ago, EVMS established a comprehensive diabetes center in Norfolk in recognition of the growing impact the disease was having in Hampton Roads.
Earlier this year, the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center extended that vision, opening its first satellite clinic. With funding from the Obici Healthcare Foundation, the new clinic, located in Suffolk, is intended to be a resource for the people of Western Tidewater, where diabetes is particularly rampant.
Already, the clinic is having an impact, says David Lieb, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Suffolk clinic. Staff have screened more than 370 individuals for diabetes, and the clinic is serving a growing number of patients, regardless of their ability to pay for services.
Dr. Lieb and his team offer a comprehensive approach to diabetes, including prevention advice, lifestyle education and disease management. Specialists are providing diagnosis and care for foot, eye and kidney diseases — common complications of diabetes.