Desert Regional Medical Center Announces Affiliation with Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston 
Pushpinder S. Guleria, MD, medical director and Sande Quattlebaum, RN, program director. 
Pushpinder S. Guleria, MD, medical director and Sande Quattlebaum, RN, program director.

Desert Regional Medical Center announces its affiliation with the Boston-based and Harvard affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center, the global leader in diabetes research, education and care. The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Desert Regional Medical Center offers some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new center will be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 2.

“We are proud to bring this world-renowned name in diabetes care and education to the Coachella Valley and to be only the second Joslin Affiliate in California,” said Karolee M. Sowle, president and chief executive officer for Desert Regional Medical Center. “Diabetes is a major disease affecting our local community. We look forward to working with the Joslin staff in Boston to bring the expertise of an international program of care the residents of our region.”

The local Health Assessment Resource Center’s 2010 Community Health Monitor found more than 44,000 residents of Eastern Riverside County with diabetes, and nearly one out of every six of those had not seen a health professional in the prior 12 months.

“The Joslin Center Affiliate at Desert Regional will provide a state-of-the-art team approach for patients with diabetes and related conditions,” said Pushpinder S. Guleria, MD, medical director of the local center. “This will include dietary and exercise counseling, access to a fitness program, pharmacologic interventions, and novel technologies like insulin pumps and glucose sensors. The center will offer a variety of education programs, classes, and support groups for persons with diabetes and their families.”

 “We look forward to working with the professionals at Desert Regional Medical Center to bring Joslin’s integrated, state-of-the-art care to people with diabetes and related conditions in this region,”  said Janice Murphy, director of Joslin’s National Affiliated Programs. “More than 200,000 people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have diabetes, and statistically, a third of them don’t know they have the disease.”

About Joslin and Its Affiliated Programs

Since Joslin Diabetes Center’s founding in 1898 by a single physician, Elliott P. Joslin, MD, it has helped revolutionize the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diabetes worldwide. Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Joslin has emerged as the global leader in innovative research and pioneering approaches to education and clinical care. Joslin’s core mission is to improve the lives of people with diabetes and its complications by providing innovative care, education and research that may lead to the prevention and cure of the disease.

Joslin’s Affiliated Programs were established in 1987 to make Joslin’s services and expertise available to premier hospitals, healthcare systems and physician practices across the United States.  Today, Joslin has Affiliated Programs in 38 facilities throughout the United States and two more overseas.  Joslin provides clinical, educational, operational and marketing support to its Affiliates to help assure that high quality, comprehensive and cost-effective diabetes care is available to each partner’s community — ensuring that these organizations and the patients they serve are in touch with the latest clinical trends and research breakthroughs.

 For more information on Joslin, call 1-800-JOSLIN-1 or read about the world's preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization.


 About the New Affiliate

The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Desert Regional Medical Center is located in the Stergios Building on the hospital’s Palm Springs Campus and offers diabetes education, diagnosis, treatment and support services.

This multidisciplinary program includes the services of endocrinologist and medical director Pushpinder S. Guleria, MD; Sandra Rowlee Quattlebaum, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, program director; as well as Bobbie Anderson, RN, and Joy Richardson, RD, both certified diabetes educators. Program participants will also have access to fitness and psychosocial support to help address the required lifestyle changes for diabetes management.

Special guests and speakers at the grand opening will include Karolee Sowle, president and chief executive officer for Desert Regional Medical Center, and Pushpinder S. Guleria, MD, medical director for the local program.  In addition, the national Joslin Diabetes Center staff will be present to recognize local individuals who have lived with diabetes for 50 or more years, honoring their accomplishments in diabetes management.

Learn more about the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Desert Regional Medical Center.

About Diabetes

About 26 million Americans have diabetes, which is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and about 7 million of them don’t know it. Additionally, an estimated 79 million people in the United States have pre-diabetes, or blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can lead to many medical complications, including heart attack, stroke, blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and poor circulation. Nationally, diabetes and its complications cost an estimated $174 billion annually in terms of healthcare costs and lost productivity.

About Desert Regional Medical Center

Desert Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive health care institution that includes a 387-bed hospital and the El Mirador Outpatient Surgery Center on its campus in Palm Springs. The medical center also is recognized for its Comprehensive Cancer Center, Institute for Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences (ICON) and comprehensive outpatient medical imaging at both its Palm Springs campus and its satellite facility in La Quinta. The Palm Springs campus is owned by the Desert Healthcare District and operated under a long-term lease by Tenet Healthcare Corp. The hospital was named winner of a Eureka Bronze Award in the 2011 California Awards for Performance Excellence and was named a “Best Regional Hospital” for the Inland Empire by the editors of U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, Desert Regional was named one of 13 “Highest Value” hospitals nationwide by the Leapfrog Group.

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