Metabolic and Diabetes Center Launching: Best CARE in Diabetes
Written by: Ms. Camille Tan
On July 11, 2019, Providence Hospital officially launched its much anticipated Metabolic and Diabetes Center. The Center will cater to patients with metabolic-related diseases such as diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders, and obesity. Led by Dr. Allan Oliver Dampil, head of endocrinology at the Hospital, the Center is eager to offer a wide range of services and treatments. From nutrition and diabetes counseling to diagnostic procedures such as diabetic screening panels, screening for complication and educational counseling, surgical management, and indirect calorimetry, patients can consult their needs with leading endocrinologists, nephrologists, cardiologists, neurologists, and metabolic surgeons.
More than providing holistic and compassionate care to its patients, the Center is passionate about promoting diabetes education and patient empowerment. According to Mr. Christo Rey Taño, RN, MSN, business development director at Providence, “educating patients about lifestyle modifications and regimens can facilitate their own actions towards managing diabetes”. Indeed, diabetes education can pave the way to allowing patients to become more aware of the disease, what it takes to treat it and more importantly, give them the power to control it. Through the Center’s efforts in empowering patients with knowledge, support, and resources, it is hoped that this will play an essential role in influencing them to proactively manage the disease to prevent further complications.
At the core of the Center also lies research with patients being given the opportunity to engage in diabetes research. Based on data gathered from the 2013 Philippine Health Statistics, diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death for Filipinos and its incidence continues to increase dramatically every year. Due to the widespread and chronic nature of this disease, the financial cost of diabetes reaches that of other cancers combined. Consequently, the Metabolic and Diabetes Center at Providence is committed to pushing the boundaries to understand the causes of this disease well enough to develop rational therapies to beat it.
With operations running since March of this year, patients can now inquire and avail the services provided by the Center by visiting the roof deck floor of the Hospital.