Photo: Shelley Kusnetz
BD Grant Helps Highest Risk Diabetes Sufferers
Pictured: (l-r) Chris Schlenk, BD director, sales and marketing; Linda Tharby, worldwide president, diabetes care; and Ken Miller, vice president and general manager, drug delivery and global marketing.
New Trustees Join the Team William F. “Bill” Conger, principal at Red Hook Management LLC Edward B. “Ed” Deutsch, managing partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP Derek T. Malmberg, partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP Gregory J. “Greg” Mulford, MD, medical director of Rehabilitation Services for Atlantic Health System and chairman, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Morristown Medical Center Guy Taylor, MD, anesthesiologist with Anesthesia Associates of Morristown Mark D. Widmann, MD, chief of Thoracic Surgery and an attending physician at Morristown Medical Center
Edward P. Reid, retired president of E.P. Reid, Inc./Fire Alarm Services, was elected an honorary trustee. Anne DeLaney, psychotherapist with DeLaney Psychotherapy, was elected trustee emeritus.
Determined to keep kids with diabetes out of the hospital and help them live long, healthy lives led the BD Diabetes Center for Children and Adolescents to create a High-Risk Family Focused Diabetes Intervention Program four years ago. Now, BD, a long-time supporter of the center that bears its name, boosted the innovative program with a three-year $100,000 grant. The high-risk program – the only one of its kind in the region – helps children and adolescents with poorly controlled diabetes improve their blood sugar levels by making the whole family part of the solution at home. The high-risk group accounts for 90 percent of hospital readmissions and are at significant risk for diabetes complications, according to Harold Starkman, MD. “Diabetes is a family problem and the family needs to work together,” says Dr. Starkman, director of the BD Center. “This grant will allow us to expand our education and support services, and teach effective coping and problem-solving skills that will ultimately help to improve blood sugar control for the at-risk adolescent with diabetes.” The grant will also help to launch several related longterm initiatives as well as ensure continuing services for families who are dependent on receiving psychosocial support at the center.
Concierge Is Key In Cancer Care A diagnosis of breast cancer brings fear and uncertainty, but at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center it also brings much-needed assistance. The concierge position at the Carol W. and Julius A. Rippel Breast Center recently received a boost in funding from Katie Simon, daughter of the late Carol G. Simon for whom the cancer center is named. Ms. Simon contributed $150,000 toward this integral position that helps women as they navigate the frightening path of breast cancer treatment and survival. “Women diagnosed with breast cancer need someone to explain the many options now available in treatment and care,” says Ms. Simon. “The concierge is a resource of information about even the newest inroads with integrative medicine treatment options. She also brings comfort during this tumultuous period in a woman’s life by helping with the simple tasks of scheduling appointments and follow-up visits.” The new monies will ensure funding for the concierge for the next several years. “Women coming to the center are being cared for with a level of expertise unmatched in our area,” says Ms. Simon.
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Foundation Journal Winter 2013