A major health network is expanding its ability to treat people seeking treatment for diabetes and endocrinology issues.
On March 11, St. Luke’s University Health Network, based in Fountain Hill, will open a Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology in Lopatcong Township near Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
St. Luke’s is opening the center because it sees an increasing need for diabetes services.
“About 10 percent of the population across the U.S. has type 2 diabetes, so there’s a big need for treatment of diabetes and endocrinology disorders in this area,” said Dr. Bankim Bhatt, chief of endocrinology and metabolism at St. Luke’s. “It’s important to give people access to specialized care.”
St. Luke’s already has diabetes-focused centers in Bethlehem Township, Upper Saucon Township and Quakertown, but none in the Phillipsburg area. The new center is in the Hillcrest Plaza shopping center at 755 Memorial Parkway, Suite 302A. The center also is within a half-mile of St. Luke’s Warren Campus in Phillipsburg.
“It’s on the main commercial thoroughfare of Phillipsburg, so it’s real accessible to people,” said Sam Kennedy, spokesperson for St. Luke’s. “They are more likely to take care of themselves if they can get to where they need to be without too many obstacles.”
The new center will offer medical services as well as individual, group and community diabetes education. The new center’s physicians and staff also will see patients at the nearby hospital.
In addition, it will treat patients with adrenal, thyroid and pituitary gland issues.
Endocrinologist Dr. Ishita Singh will lead the center, while Dr. Bhatt and endocrinologist Dr. Sara Choudhry will see patients at the center, as well as at the Warren campus. In addition, Kathleen Decker, a certified diabetes educator, will provide individual and group education.
Bhatt said the center would use a team-based approach, where patients can see one of the diabetes educators and a specialist at the same time.