According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the rate of diabetes in the state has more than doubled in the past 20 years. Identified as a local public health issue, Circle Health is continually looking to improve services for those patients with diabetes through education, support, and physician accessibility, as well as providing screenings and prevention to help reduce the rates of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity in the community.
This fall, Circle Health is taking this care and support to a new level. Effective September 17, our Circle Health endocrinologists and our clinical team from the Lowell General Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center will join together in one central location with a new name – the Diabetes and Endocrine Center. Dr. Miguel Ariza and Dr. Hayward Zwerling from the Lowell Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Dr. Anca Staii from Endocrinology Associates of Greater Lowell, and our new endocrinologist Dr. Hannah Mathew, as well as family Nurse Practitioners Judy Pentedemos and Cigy Methratta are all accepting new patients.
“This newly expanded space will allow us to better coordinate care, education and support for those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as patients with thyroid, endocrine, and other metabolic disorders,” says Dr. Miguel Ariza, MD, FACE, ECNU, Medical Director of the Diabetes and Endocrine Center.
The expanded footprint of the new office will allow more space for physicians to conduct outpatient procedures such as thyroid nodule biopsies. In addition, a new patient service center offers laboratory testing, so patients can get all their care and testing in one place.
Judy Pentedemos, APRN, CDE, Clinical Manager, says that managing diabetes involves many factors - from medication management to monitoring of blood sugars and decreasing risks of possible complications such as circulatory and cardiac issues. Diet, exercise, and education play a huge part. “Our staff is certified by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, so our team is well-versed in helping patients manage their condition,” says Pentedemos.
“If someone needs a medication change we can then connect them with a dietitian right away to make sure their meal plan is adjusted. Or, if they need new equipment such as an insulin pump, we ensure that they are completely comfortable with the pump’s operation, and we also provide regular support groups to help patients connect with one another and share experiences and ideas.”
“Convenience and accessibility is key for managing a chronic condition such as diabetes,” notes Pentedemos. “Having us all under one roof – four endocrinologists, two nurse practitioners, certified diabetes educators, and dietitians helps us provide a new level of Complete connected care for our patients.”