Diabetes fair set at medical center

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Valley Hospital Association plans to host a diabetes fair Nov. 30 at the Valley Hospital Medical Center in Wasilla. The event coincides with National Diabetes Month, which is November.

The fair runs from 5-9 p.m. in Classroom B.

Features will include presentations by professionals and information stations for people who have diabetes or their family members. Area physicians, dietitians, diabetes nurse educators and physical therapists will be available to answer questions, provide diabetes health care information and distribute free diabetes care product samples.

Diabetes affects about 16 million people in the United States, and two-thirds of those people don’t know they have the disease, according to hospital officials. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans. The disease is also a major risk factor for heart disease and strokes.

For more information, call 907-746-8624.

Patient Care Alliance leads sessions

The Patient Care Alliance of Anchorage is scheduled to conduct a free meeting Dec. 6 on finances and medical bills resulting from auto accidents.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at First American Baptist Church, 1200 E. 27th Ave. Participants can learn about types of medical testing needed, insurance issues and other topics.

Another meeting on the same issue is set for Dec. 13 at the same location. The event also begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact 907-745-4378.

Kenai executive resigns

Central Peninsula General Hospital is looking for a new member to add to its team after the hospital’s chief financial officer left the position on Nov. 9.

Mike Gutsch, who has been the hospital’s chief financial officer for the past six years, has resigned at CPGH and has accepted a job as the CFO at Memorial Health Center in Medford, Wis., a 150-bed facility.

Gutsch told the hospital’s board of directors that he made the difficult decision to leave the position and Alaska to be nearer to his aging parents and family in Wisconsin.

11/25/2001 - 8:00pm