Good Samaritan Health Center to Offer Free Diabetes Screenings on November 18

In recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness Month, Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill will provide free diabetic screenings from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, November 18, in the Menard Center. Dr. Jeff Chism, Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, will offer free foot examinations while registered nurses from Good Samaritan Health Center will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks.

“Foot examinations can play an important role in the early detection of diabetes,” said Chism. “Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet, depriving them of oxygen and nutrients, making it more difficult for blisters, sores, and cuts to heal.”

Diabetic nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness in the feet; persons unable to feel cuts and blisters are more likely to get sores and infections. Unnoticed or untreated sores can become deeply infected, and may lead to amputation. A sad reality: having a toe, foot, or lower leg surgically removed is 10 times more likely in people with diabetes.

Registration for the free screening is not required and will be provided as a walk-in service; participants should use the Rehabilitation Services entrance to the Menard Center. For more information contact Good Samaritan Health Center’s Community Health and Wellness Department at 715.539.5075.

A member of Ministry Health Care, Good Samaritan Health Center is sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.  It is a primary care hospital providing inpatient care and surgery, outpatient surgery, oncology services, spiritual services, extended care, a full range of therapy, radiology and laboratory services as well as dialysis, emergency and walk-in clinic services. The mission of the organization is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well-being of all people, especially the poor.

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