The latest technology is available for Diabetes Patients in our Community.

Most people don’t know what an “A1C Test” is but this an important blood test done quarterly to aid Juvenile Diabetes patients (Type 1 Diabetics) with monitoring their blood sugar levels.  This new Point of Care Testing machine “Point of Care HBA1C Testing by Capillary Sample” machine requires only a small drop of blood and a few minutes to get the patients results.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly but lasts a lifetime. These patients have to give themselves approximately 1460 needles per year and 190 finger pokes per year to test their blood sugar levels.  Having their A1C test done through the old method was  another “one more needle” and an invasive procedure many children didn’t want to have.  This new technology is non-invasive and patient friendly.

This generous donation was made through Dr. Hunter so our Valley’s children with Type 1 Diabetes can have the most up-to-date treatment available in the methods that is the least invasive.  The AIC Test equipment cost $5,000

Pictured in the photo are 2 of our valleys children with type 1 diabetes along with his father – one of the supporting physicians that made the donation and a representative from St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation