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Aug 3, 2017

MEMORIAL CELEBRATES DIABETES CENTER


MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN NORTH CONWAY IS CELEBRATING ITS NEW MIRANDA CENTER FOR DIABETES AND ENDOCRINOLOGY.

THE CENTER IS NAMED AFTER MIRANDA LEAVITT, WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF 22 FROM COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES. THE DAUGHTER OF BRENDA AND RICHARD LEAVITT OF FRYEBURG, MAINE, MIRANDA WAS AN ADVOCATE ABOUT THE DISEASE.

IN 2008, MIRANDA’S PARENTS STARTED THE MIRANDA LEAVITT DIABETES FUND – A NON PROFIT FOCUSED ON EDUCATION AND FUNDING THOSE WHO NEED HELP MANAGING THEIR DIABETES.

DR. RAY RABIDEAU, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER AT MEMORIAL, SAYS DIABETES HAS BEEN ON THE RISE SINCE THE 1990s, AND RELATED TO INCREASED LEVELS OF OBESITY, INCLUDING IN CHILDREN. HE SAYS THE HOSPITAL HAS HAD ITS DIABETES CENTER FOR SOME TIME, BUT RECOGNIZED THE INCREASE AS A KIND OF EPIDEMIC NATIONALLY AND LOCALLY AND DECIDED TO EXPAND ITS SERVICE AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION EFFORTS TO HELP PEOPLE WITH THE CHRONIC ILLNESS OPTIMIZE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE. THE EXPANSION INCLUDES TWO NURSE PRACTITIONERS WHO WILL NOW GUIDE PATIENTS IN THEIR CARE, AND OTHER SPECIALISTS. HE SAYS THE CENTER HAS PARTNERED WITH THE LEAVITT FAMILY ON WHAT HE CALLS “A QUEST.”

THE HOSPITAL CELEBRATES THE NEW CENTER WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WITH A PUBLIC RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY THAT WILL INCLUDE THE LEAVITT FAMILY AND HOSPITAL STAFF.

RABIDEAU SAYS THE HOSPITAL WILL EVEN PROVIDE FREE DIABETES SCREENINGS.

NOVEMBER IS DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE HOSPITAL AT (603) 356-5461.

On February 17, 2007 Miranda Maria Leavitt passed away from complications with Diabetes. A year later, the communities in the Mt.Washington Valley of New Hampshire and Miranda's hometown friends and family in Fryeburg,  Maine supported the efforts and started The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund.

Miranda Fund, c/o Memorial Hospital Foundation
3073 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860

ph: 603-986-5939

Click here to donate directly to the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund


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