New Diabetes Education and Treatment Center Opens


Mid Coast Hospital has launched its new Mid Coast Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology to provide medical care and education for adults living with diabetes. The Center opened August 13 and focuses on a multidisciplinary approach designed to empower individuals to take an active role in managing their disease.

Mid Coast Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology is located at Mid Coast Hospital's Cook's Corner campus at 81 Medical Center Drive, Suite 2200 in Brunswick.

It is estimated that over 100,000 Maine adults are living with diabetes; a disease that could lead to additional health complications including kidney failure, nontraumatic lower extremity amputations, blindness, cardiovascular disease, and death. Through education programs and regular medical care, these risks can be greatly reduced.

Staffed by a team of board-certified physician endocrinologists, a nurse practitioner, and certified diabetes and nutrition educators, the Mid Coast Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology offers a full range of services to manage and treat Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as other glandular disorders. The Brunswick-based Center also provides education and treatment for pregnant women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The educational component of the Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and offers diabetes education, nutrition counseling, insulin pump training, continuous glucose monitoring, and more.

Dr. Christine L. Twining, an endocrinologist at the new Center, sees great value in such a model. “We are excited to offer comprehensive diabetes care to individuals in the Mid Coast area. In partnership with the patient’s primary care doctor, we will be able to provide high quality care in a convenient and familiar setting, close to home.” Dr. Twining is also on staff at Maine Medical Partners – Endocrinology & Diabetes Center in Scarborough, Maine.

By supporting diabetes self-care and management, the Mid Coast Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology aims to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, which account for almost $7 million of annual healthcare expenses in Maine. By reducing overall healthcare costs, improving community health, and providing exceptional patient care, the Center is a perfect example of how Mid Coast Health Services is transforming the future of healthcare through its 2020 Vision.

The team at Mid Coast Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology is set up to work closely with an individual’s primary care doctor to ensure consistent, clear communication and comprehensive medical care for each patient. Appointments are made through a referral from a doctor. Physicians should call (207) 406-7290 to start the referral process. For more information and to meet the team, visit www.midcoasthealth.com/endocrinology.

Read more about the opening of our new MID COAST Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology in the Coastal Journal here.

Read and view WCSH6 TV's coverage of the opening of our new MID COAST Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology here.

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