Bridgetown– Diagnostic MRI Services Inc. has donated $3,500 to the Barbados Diabetes Centre in Warrens towards the outfitting of its demonstration kitchen, which is integral to the Centre’s goal of becoming a total care facility for diabetics.
Podiatrist and Trustee of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation, Simone McConnie advocates for the teamed approach to diabetes care. The diabetes foot specialist said that she was happy to receive the donation from the centre’s neighbor, Diagnostic MRI as it takes the centre one step closer to its goal of becoming a haven for patients providing all the different types of treatments a diabetic would need under one roof.
“We are very grateful to the management of Diagnostic MRI Services Inc. for their kind donation. It will go towards outfitting the demonstration kitchen which will be set up to educate patients on easy ways of preparing nutritious meals, displaying appropriate portion sizes, and dispelling the dilemma that many diabetics hold on knowing what to eat to help them manage their disease. We still need some more help to get the kitchen fully outfitted, but this contribution puts us well on the way to adding to the services the centre provides.”
Radiographer, Donna Seale who presented the cheque on behalf of Diagnostic MRI said that the Diagnostic Clinics have made a number of donations to individuals and is quite passionate about helping charities in the areas that they operate.
“Our home base is at the Diagnostic Clinic, but we operate from three other locations and we try wherever possible to contribute to the communities in which we operate. We were, therefore, very happy to help the Centre with the cost of setting up their demonstration kitchen. Being in the health business we see a number of persons with diabetes everyday and we are hoping that this donation would go a long way in helping persons to manage this very debilitating disease,” Seale said.
The Diabetes Care Centre was established by The Barbados Diabetes Foundation a charitable organization. It is the first multi-disciplinary centre of its kind on the island and in the region. Opened in February of this year it is unique because it is a one-stop shop for patients with diabetes. Currently there are podiatrists, dietitians and nutritionists, a diabetes specialist nurse, and doctor, with consultative services from psychologists, exercise physiologists, ophthalmologists, surgeons and other members of the healthcare team who work together to provide an integrated service at the Centre located, in Warrens, housed within The Maria Holder Diabetes Centre for the Caribbean.