Empowering and guiding those living with diabetes
Thanks to support from LCIF and Lions in Wellington County, Ontario, Canada, funds supported technology equipment for a Diabetes & Patient Education Centre at the Groves Memorial Community Hospital. The facility serves patients with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes through educational programming to help patients learn about diabetes and what steps they can take to stay healthy, such as diet, exercise, and medication. The facility supports inpatient and outpatient services with individual appointments with registered nurses and registered dieticians who are certified diabetes educators.
A US$50,000 LCIF grant was combined with US$160,000 in support from the local Lions in District A-15, making the total contribution US$210,000 for the project. Grant funds supported audiovisual system for the education rooms, as well as computers for patient consultation rooms. Currently, the center supports two nurse offices, two dietician offices, one large consultation room for patients and group activities, and access to the gym as needed. The nine Lions clubs supporting the project include Ariss, Maryhill, Arthur, Belwood & District, Elora, Fergus, Grand Valley, Hillsburgh & District, Marsville & District, Rockwood & District.