Texas Health Cleburne to Offer Free Diabetes Risk Assessments

CLEBURNE, Texas — In the United States, 25.8 million children and adults have it, and in 2008 more than 10,900 people in Johnson County had it, according to Texas Health Information statistics. These statistics describe diabetes — a disease characterized by high glucose levels that hinder the body’s ability to produce insulin.

On Tuesday, March 27, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne will collaborate with HOPE Clinic to recognize National Diabetes Awareness Day by offering a free health awareness event to the local community. Diabetes risk assessments will be available to individuals 18 years of age and older from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the HOPE Clinic in Cleburne, 111 Meadowview Drive, adjacent to the Cleburne Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Attendees will receive an A1-C and glucose screening. Along with the free screenings, which will be conducted by Texas Health Cleburne clinicians, educational items will also be made available to those who attend.

“This collaboration with HOPE Clinic is quite significant,” said Ronda Dillard, R.N., COHN, who works in occupational health at Texas Health Cleburne. “We want people to know that eating healthy and exercising can have a positive impact when it comes to improving their personal health.”

“We look at this collaboration as a way for Texas Health Cleburne to direct its resources in a way in which we can do the most good,” Dillard added.

Since its inception in January 2007, the HOPE Clinic (Healing Outreach Professional Endeavor) has served more than 5,500 patients and is a member of the National Association of Free Clinics and Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics.

Registration for the event is not required, and screenings will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested must have a valid photo I.D. to participate.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.