November 14, 2012 Brampton/Etobicoke William Osler Health System (Osler) is recognizing World Diabetes Day today with a number of activities designed to help raise awareness of the disease and to demonstrate Osler‟s support of diabetes care and management.
As part of special events taking place across the hospital, staff from Osler‟s Diabetes Education Centre manned information tables, led a South Asian healthy cooking demonstration, organized a question and answer session with a dietitian, and showcased a variety of „diabetes-friendly‟ holiday desserts for those living with diabetes or caring for those with the disease.
According to an Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) report (2012), the prevalence of diabetes in Brampton, Rexdale and Malton – communities served by Osler – is among the highest in Ontario at 13%. The provincial average for diabetes is 9.6%. The Canadian Diabetes Association estimates that more than 9 million Canadians are living with diabetes or conditions that may lead to diabetes.
“Osler is committed to providing comprehensive care and a range of services to those in our community who are living with diabetes, or who are caring for family members with the disease,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of William Osler Health System. “The main focus of our programs is to provide access to high-quality care while helping patients and their families maintain a healthy quality of life. These efforts can translate to fewer patients arriving in our emergency department with avoidable complications and fewer patients with diabetes needing dialysis.”
Osler offers a number of Diabetes Outreach programs to help patients and their families learn to manage diabetes and reduce the risk of complications. Teams comprised of nurses and dietitians deliver culturally-sensitive diabetes education in locations across Brampton, Woodbridge, Malton, Bolton and Etobicoke and provide information in several languages including Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, French and Italian.
For more information about Osler‟s diabetes programs and services, please go to www.williamoslerhs.ca or call 905-494-6598.
ABOUT WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM AND THE FOUNDATION: William Osler Health System is a hospital system accredited with Exemplary Status from Accreditation Canada serving 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities of the Central West Local Health Integration Network. Osler has the largest community cancer program in Canada and its emergency departments are among the busiest in Ontario. William Osler Health System Foundation fosters relationships in order to raise funds for Osler‟s capital, education and research priorities at Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health & Wellness (targeted for completion in 2015-16).