December 2, 2021

LWCC Foundation Grant Supports Diabetes Treatment & Prevention

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With the goal to support long-existing physical wellness vulnerabilities, Phase 3 of LWCC Foundation’s Louisiana Well Again: COVID-19 Response Package provided grant funding to CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital (Cabrini) in Alexandria, Louisiana.  At Cabrini, these funds are supporting the hospital’s crucial diabetes treatment and prevention program. As the COVID-19 pandemic created an urgent shift in resources to accommodate the crisis, the sources that provided equipment and materials to support Cabrini’s diabetes initiatives were no longer available.

The arrival of funds from the LWCC Foundation to aid the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Program to combat diabetes gave Cabrini the ability to purchase A1C machines, glucometers, and educational materials. Cabrini received $25,000 which allows the hospital to serve, screen, and equip at least 2,500 pre-diabetic or diabetic individuals and at least 500 family members within their service area to address the generational-to-generational risk of diabetes in the region. 

“The support from the LWCC Foundation means that those suffering with diabetes or even pre-diabetes have resources right now, here locally, to help them make sustainable lifestyle changes that not only affect their health, but the health of their entire family,” says Ashley Walker, Executive Director of Development, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Foundation.

Situated in the heart of Louisiana in Rapides Parish, Cabrini serves the city of Alexandria and surrounding parishes and is part of a larger not-for-profit hospital system. With a mission to ‘extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,’ Cabrini serves a wide-ranging demographic with most reflecting a rural and underserved population—a population that’s highly susceptible to diabetes. 

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 14 percent of the adult population in Louisiana has diabetes with an additional 37 percent having pre-diabetes. The patients who rely on the HEAL program include adults who have or are at risk of developing type one diabetes, type two diabetes, monogenic diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Since there are no practicing endocrinologists in the area or any facilities offering outpatient dietician or medical nutritional therapy within an 80 mile radius of the hospital, Cabrini’s HEAL Program is vital to the region.

“Like much of the rest of Louisiana, we see many patients with diabetes. To meet this need, Cabrini created a Healthy Eating Active Living Program in 2014 in which diabetes education, equipment, and resources are given to patients, their families, and community members to help treat, manage, and prevent diabetes,” says Walker. “Before support from the LWCC Foundation, the pandemic had severely limited this program’s ability to serve the community at the level necessary. It was daunting at best, and nearly impossible at worst.” 

The HEAL program includes dieticians and registered nurses who are specialists in Certified Diabetes Care and Education, Certified Lifestyle Coaches, and Certified Insulin Pump Trainers. The specialization is important because it enables the program to provide outpatient services for those with general nutritional deficiencies as well as cancer, congestive heart failure, diabetes, renal failure, and heart disease. The funds from LWCC Foundation will help with equipment and materials that are the cornerstones to successful health outcomes for this patient population.

“We want to see the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Program continue as the need is great and our program is heavily utilized in the fight against diabetes in our area,” says Walker. “By providing this level of education, patients and community members alike are empowered to respond appropriately to help manage and treat diabetes not only for themselves, but also for their entire family, breaking the cycle of diabetes for generations to come.”

By supporting necessary resources to educate, prevent, treat diabetes, grants from the LWCC Foundation are helping to fight common, underlying conditions that make Cabrini’s patient population vulnerable to health challenges, disease, and viruses such as COVID-19. Learn more about the company’s commitment to elevate Louisiana at LouisianaLoyal.com.

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