BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Bridgeport Hospital has received a $50,000 grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation to support the expansion of diabetes and endocrinology services in the hospital’s Primary Care Center.
The grant will be used to refurbish new space for the center’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Clinic, and to outfit six treatment rooms and offices with exam tables, medical equipment, computers and other furniture. The work is expected to reduce wait times for new appointments, allow more patients to access critical services and reduce hospital admissions for complications due to diabetes.
“Almost 10 percent of the American population is living with diabetes and more than 27 percent of all cases are diagnosed,” the hospital said in a press release. “The consequences of untreated diabetes can include blindness, stroke, cardiac disease and vascular disease that can result in limb amputations, and chronic kidney disease.”
The center received 32,000 visits during the past year from 3,800 Medicaid-insured or uninsured patients, according to the hospital.
So far in 2015, it has served over 1,100 patients with diabetes, nearly half of them considered to be at very high risk of complications.
The Newman’s Own Foundation was started by actor Paul Newman, and contributes to many different philanthropic efforts. The foundation is funded through sales of food products, from salad dressing to popcorn.