Southwest Virginia Community Health Systems (SVCHS) plans Focus Day at Meadowview Health Clinic in Meadowview, Virginia, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. The purpose of Focus Day is to identify preventative measures, provide education, and complete an overall medical exam specifically to a targeted group of diabetic patients. The focus is given to patients needing extra assistance in improving diabetes management. This proactive approach is paramount to controlling diabetes and therefore improving the overall health of the community.
Diabetic patients will meet with a primary care provider, pharmacist, dentist, optometrist, behavioral health counselor, and care coordinator. Each participant will receive a consultation, educational services, an extensive diabetes handbook, healthy snacks, and a goody bag. “It is our goal to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes. We are anticipating 25 patients and hope the results of the day will have a life-long impact on their diabetes management,” says Jill Talbert, RN, Clinical Director.
SVCHS is taking the approach of patient centered health care. In the past, Focus Day was held at the Saltville Medical Center, Tazewell Community Health, and Twin City Medical Center. Since the inception of Focus Day, there has been marked improvement in the patient’s diabetes management. Additional focus days will be planned to focus on other health conditions.