Lenox Hill Hospital Opens New Diabetes Institute

Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of Northwell Health, today announced the opening of the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute at 110 East 59th Street in Manhattan, which will address the unmet needs of thousands of New Yorkers living with diabetes.

 “Diabetes should not prevent anyone from achieving their life goals,” said Leonid Poretsky, MD, director of the Friedman Diabetes Institute and chief of endocrinology at Lenox Hill Hospital.  “Our Institute is here to serve and support patients who remain with their own primary care physicians.  It was created to provide patients with diabetes educators, nutritionists, social workers, exercise trainers and other specialists to help patients improve the management of the disease and help them live longer healthier lives."

 The Friedman Institute, with its programs for diabetes care and education, is designed to meet three important goals for combating diabetes:
• control blood sugar, cholesterol, weight and blood pressure;
• avoid serious diabetes complications; and
• conduct basic and clinical research.

The number of people affected by diabetes is significant and growing. Today, an estimated   29.1 million Americans have diabetes, including 8.1 million who remain undiagnosed.  Each year, 1.4 million new cases are reported. In New York City, there are more than 700,000 adults with diabetes (12.5 percent of the population) and the disease is the fifth most common cause of death.To address this epidemic, the Friedman Diabetes Institute offers innovative methods to help patients control blood sugar levels and avoid serious health complications from diabetes. 

Key features of the institute will include:
• A demonstration and teaching kitchen, where staff dietitians provide cooking demonstrations for patients.
• A teaching gym for individual exercise training sessions.
• Support groups for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, patients on insulin pumps and parents of children with type 1 diabetes.
• Weight management and diabetes self-management classes.

The mission of the Institute is best summarized by the acronym ALL: 

• Advance:  raise public awareness of diabetes and knowledge about the disease by conducting clinical and basic science research.
• Learn:  Offer education on diabetes prevention and management to people with the disease and their families.  Educate health care professionals – physicians, nurses and members of other allied health care disciplines.  Deliver information about diabetes to New York City's multicultural communities through outreach programs.
• Live:   Provide world-class clinical care, with the goal of helping patients to optimize their health and fulfill their life’s potential.

Funding for the Friedman Diabetes Institute comes from the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman New York Foundation for Medical Research, which was created to support Dr. Friedman's life-long commitment to the study and practice of internal medicine, diabetes and metabolism, clinical nutrition, cardiology and endocrinology.  An early pioneer in the field of diabetes, Dr. Friedman’s illustrious medical career, which spanned more than 50 years, included many teaching appointments and clinical and leadership positions throughout New York City.

To learn more about the innovative care at the Friedman Diabetes Institute please call (212) 434-4006.