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Brooklyn, New York--Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (KJMC) located at 585 Schenectady Avenue in Brooklyn, between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street will commence its 2007 public health education and awareness program on February 1st by offering all members of the public opportunities to get screened Diabetes.   Through the support of, and in partnership with The Foundation for Medical Evaluation and Early Detection, medical personnel from the medical center’s network of family health centers, with locations throughout Brooklyn, will provide Diabetes screenings at not cost to all residents of Central Brooklyn.
 
The prevalence of diabetes in New York City has more than doubled in the past eight years.  However, in Brooklyn it exceeds the national average with 1 in 10 residents of our immediate Flatbush area suffering from the disease.  Ninety percent (90%) of persons with this condition suffer from type 2 adult onset diabetes.  Further research shows that 50% of new diabetes cases in children are type 2, which, although is the adult onset type of diabetes, has become prevalent in our youth, secondary to the growing incidence of obesity.
 
“Kingsbrook continues to work arduously to form partnerships with other organizations to ensure that our residents are the beneficiaries of important and much needed health screenings without cost to them,” states Ms. Enid Dillard, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs at Kingsbrook.  She adds, “It is our fervent hope that our community residents will start the new year the healthy way by getting screened for diabetes, as early detection remains the key to combating this disease.  At Kingsbrook we consistently seek new approaches to educate and safeguard the health and well being of the individuals and families that we serve, and do hope that persons will use these opportunities to become aware of their health status and circumvent the onset of diabetes or receive any necessary information and/or treatment advise.”
 
Following is the schedule for February’s free Diabetes screening initiative.

Location

Address

Day & Date

Time

Contact #

St. Francis of
Assisi FHCC
 

333 Knickerbocker Ave., Bklyn, NY 11233

Thursday, 01
Friday, 02

1:00 - 3:00pm
1:00 - 3:00pm

718-381-5600

Sr. Thea Bowman
FHCC

1205-1215
Sutter Avenue
Bklyn, NY11208

Tuesday, 06
Thursday, 08
Friday, 09

12:00– 2:00 pm
12:00   2:00 pm
12:00– 2:00 pm

718-647-2600

Crown Heights
FHCC

535 Empire Blvd.,
Bklyn, NY 11225

Monday, 12
Thursday, 15

3:00 – 6:00 pm
9:00– 12:00 pm

718-363-1540

Pierre Toussaint
FHCC

110 Eastern Pway
Bklyn, NY 11213

Thursday, 22

1:00 – 6:00 pm

718-735-1900

Charles Drew
FHCC

343 Kingsboro
Walk, Bklyn, NY
11233

Tuesday, 27

2:00 – 5:00 pm

718-778-1003

St. Peter Claver
FHCC

1061-63
Liberty Avenue
Bklyn, NY 11233

Tuesday, 27

1:00  - 2:00 pm

718-827-5009

 If you or someone you know can benefit from these free diabetes screenings we encourage you to visit any of the above locations on the days and times above.  For more information please call Kingsbrook’s Public Affairs office at 718-604-5062.
 
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, celebrating its 81st year, is an 864-bed teaching Medical Center, dedicated to meeting the health needs of one of Brooklyn’s most culturally diverse communities. Kingsbrook continues to implement programs and services that respond to the vital health needs and concerns of the community at large. Centers of Excellence Include:  Physical & Rehabilitative Medicine, including Brooklyn’s only New York State approved Traumatic Brain Injury & Coma Recovery Unit, an inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Program, an outpatient
Caribbean Community Mental Health Program, the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, Orthopedic Surgery, an ADA Certified Diabetes Self-Management Center including a Comprehensive Health & Obesity Management Program, a Women’s Wellness Center featuring Minimally- Invasive Gynecological Surgery and state of the art Digital Mammography. Other specialty areas include: Emergency Services, Ambulatory Surgery and a Certified Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory, as well as a 538-bed Adult and Pediatric long term care facility. Kingsbrook and Rutland Nursing Home are JCAHO certified and not-for-profit members of the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State.   
 
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