Diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 23, Thomas Moody of Lumberton, now 45, knows what it’s like to live with diabetes.For treatment and guidance, Moody turns to Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Community Center and Southeastern Wound Healing Center.
The Diabetes Community Center provides services to help anyone and their families to understand the skills needed to control their diabetes and to prevent complications that can occur from poor control. Southeastern Wound Healing Center is designed to help patients with chronic wounds prevent the reoccurrence of wounds and infection, and enhance medical and nutritional status.
“The Diabetes Community Center and the Southeastern Wound Healing Center is a powerful patient care combination,” said Diabetes Community Center Director Dr. Mary Black. “When a patient has uncontrolled diabetes and a non-healing wound, both specialty services are needed to successfully treat the wound and prevent an amputation or other wound-related complications. One service without the other isn’t nearly as successful as the two together.”
The knowledge and professionalism of the wound healing center staff and Moody’s physician, Dr. Matt Thompson, who is one of a number of physicians who serve on the Center’s panel of physicians, are assets he finds most impressive. By rotating through the clinic each week, the physicians treat patients for a variety of wound-related issues. “The staff goes above and beyond to care for me,” said Moody.
“Dr. Thompson would drop what he’s doing just to care for his patients’ needs and, to me, you just don’t see that in doctors,” said Moody. “If it hadn’t been for him, his care and his expertise, I’m sure I would have lost half of my right foot.”
The reality of amputation is a serious complication for individuals living with diabetes. In a recent news report, Mike Stobbe of The Associated Press wrote, “In the CDC study, the researchers found that though the number of diabetics more than tripled from 1998 to 2008, foot and leg amputations fell after 1996.” The article also stated that, “CDC officials saw an increase in the proportion of diabetics who got annual foot exams, and believed the enhanced care is the main reason for the decline in amputations.” (CDC: Diabetic amputations down, Fayetteville Observer, January 25, 2012.)
From personal experiences, Moody strongly believes that the Diabetes Community Center and Southeastern Wound Healing Center have both contributed to his success. “They can help anyone who is dealing with diabetes as long as they are compliant and do what the doctors tell them to do,” added Moody.
The Diabetes Community Center is a nationally recognized outpatient training program taught by certified diabetes educators. Classes are held in Lumberton and in satellite locations throughout the region. A referral from a medical provider is required. The Center, which recently moved to the Southeastern Health Mall on the campus of Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton, also sponsors a support group for adults with diabetes which meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm. For more information, call 618-0655.
Patients can self refer to the Southeastern Wound Healing Center, which is located at 103 W. 27th Street in Lumberton. For more information, call 738-3836 or logon to www.srmc.org/woundhealing.
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