New diabetes care project launching in eight WV counties

The Mid Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance and the Minnie Hamilton Health System announced a Diabetes Care Coordination Project. The project will serve diabetic patients in eight West Virginia counties over a three year period.

Officials say diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in the mountain state.

The project is funded by a $400,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation, Highmark Foundation and the Bernard McDonough Foundation.

The project will utilize trained community health workers to assist diabetic patients, build treatment plans while teaching classes and visiting patients at home.

Officials say there is a tremendous need for such a project in rural areas of the state.

"That is a common occurrence here, when we looked at some of the prevalence in date here in rural counties, they're about 5 percent higher than what the state average is so overall we have about 23,000 diabetic patients in our 10 county region, so it's a marketable problem," says Walt Newlon, Director of Business Development at Camden Clark Medical Center.

Officials expect to start accepting patients in the next two to three months.

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