More than 29 million people in the United States struggle with diabetes, and sadly, many face barriers in receiving much-needed care, impacting their ability to manage their condition. Thanks to a recent gift of $10,000 from The Provident Bank Foundation to the Diabetes Program at Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center at the University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP), more resources are on the way for the uninsured and underserved residents of Mercer and Middlesex Counties who are in need of diabetic treatment.
The program helps patients gain and maintain control over the many symptoms associated with diabetes. In addition, the clinic’s medical staff works to enhance self-management skills, provides education, and offers tips on healthy eating and exercise. The goal is to give each and every one of the program’s patients the necessary tools to live a long and healthful life.
More than 500 patients from the community are already enrolled in the program and are benefiting greatly. “Most participants in the program have no other options available. We are grateful for this new partnership with the Provident Bank Foundation and their help in meeting the growing need for these services and support,” said Barbara Edwards, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center.
The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through the support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the bank. Since its inception, the foundation has granted more than $22 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities.
Pictured above (left to right): Maria Romano, Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Provident Bank; Ayda Tello, Administrative Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center, UMCP; Dr. Barbara Edwards, Medical Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center, UMCP; Darleen Gillespie, First Vice President, Market Manager, Provident Bank; Jane Kurek, Executive Director, Provident Bank Foundation; and Barbara Yost, RN, BSN, MBA, Vice President, Continuum of Care Services & Network Development, PHCS.