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Living Well With Diabetes

Having diabetes means there is too much sugar (glucose) in your blood. This happens when your body does not make working insulin to keep blood sugar in normal balance.

Taking care of diabetes means choosing healthy foods, exercise and sometimes taking medicine.

The Caritas Carney Hospital "Living Well With Diabetes" program can help you learn to take charge of your health and manage your diabetes on a daily basis. Family members are welcome.

Benefits of Diabetes Self-Management:
Attending the series of diabetes classes will help you:

· balance your food, physical activity and medicine;
· choose foods that will help control your blood sugar and cholesterol;
· learn how to properly take your diabetes pills;
· avoid serious health problems associated with diabetes.

Contact us:
For more information, please call (617) 296-4000, ext. 4930.

Emergency Service/Health Express
Benjamin Kerman, M.D., Director

Emergency Service is provided 24 hours a day by Board Certified physicians nurses and support personnel. Medical and surgical specialists are available.

Health Express is Caritas Carney's walk-in medical service available to individuals seeking medical attention for non-urgent ailments. No appointment is required. Service is available 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Enter through the Department of Emergency Medicine. For information, call (617) 296-4012, ext. 4470.

Department of Ophthalmology
M. Lisa McHam, M.D., Service Chief

The Ophthalmology section provides comprehensive care for conditions affecting the eye and the visual system, including problems with cataracts, glaucoma, eyelids, eye movements, retina and macula, employing techniques such as microsurgery, lasers and phacoemulsification. In addition, physicians on the Caritas Carney Hospital Ophthalmology staff provide care for the routine evaluation of the health of the eyes and visual system.

Otolaryngology Service
Edward J. Reardon, M.D., Service Chief

The Otolaryngology Service at the Caritas Carney Hospital provides comprehensive care for diseases of the Ear, Nose and Throat. The Service was a pioneer in the implementation of image guided sinus surgery for accurate localization and instrument navigation during endoscopic sinus surgery. Complete head and neck and cancer reconstructive surgery for benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck; facial plastic surgery including cosmetic, trauma and reconstructive care; general ENT conditions for adults and pediatric cases; middle ear surgery for reconstruction of the tympanic membrane, hearing and the eradication of chronic ear infections; diagnosis and management of salivary gland tumors.

Podiatry Services
Mark Lawrence, DPM, Service Chief

A full scope of foot care is provided in a teaching environment. Services are provided in coordination with the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Vascular and Orthopedic Surgery. Care includes the treatment of the high-risk diabetic foot, Podiatric Sports Medicine and Reconstructive Foot Surgery - inpatient and outpatient care. Treatment of warts, ingrown toenails and painful foot lesions with modern techniques, including laser (when appropriate) is also provided.

Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Mark J. Berenberg, M.D., Service Administrator
Antoine Badlissi, M.D.
Jaime Pareja, M.D.

The Caritas Carney Hospital Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Service has a long history of excellence in the delivery of high-quality care to patients with all types of pulmonary disease. Special expertise is provided in the care of patients with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, lung cancer, sarcoidosis and tuberculosis. The service also specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with breathing-related sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. A multidisciplinary team and a complete sleep laboratory are present to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment plans. The Pulmonary Laboratory provides technical support, including a full range of pulmonary function testing, bronchoprovocation testing, sputum and blood gas analysis.

Nephrology Service

The Department of Nephrology specializes in delivering both diagnostic and therapeutic consultations for a wide spectrum of kidney disorders and hypertension, as well as the management of hemo and peritoneal dialysis and renal transplants. A full range of supportive services including nutritional, psychological, and social are offered to all patients. State of the art inpatient and outpatient hemodialysis units are located on campus. Our Nephrologists work closely and regularly with the Vascular service and the Department of Radiology for the evaluation and maintenance of dialysis access. Percutaneous renal biopsies are performed using non contrast computerized tomographic guidance. Immunotherapy, plasmapheresis, and ultrafiltration are also routinely available.

Oncology and Hematology Services
Commonwealth Hematology Oncology
Therese Mulvey, M.D., Service Administrator

The Oncology and Hematology Service at Caritas Carney Hospital provides the highest quality community-based care for patients with cancer and blood disorders, Emphasis is placed on multidisciplinary ambulatory care conducted in private practice offices. The major practice, Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology, works closely with Caritas Carney Hospital in supervising the hospital's Oncology-Hematology Inpatient Unit and conducting the weekly Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Conference, at which all pertinent specialists evaluate current difficult cancer cases. The Service offers to patients and their families the most current cancer therapies, comprehensive symptom and pain control, hospice care, home care and discharge planning, education services and psychological support services. The Service cooperates closely with Radiation Oncology services and tertiary hospital consultative services for appropriate patients. The Service is working closely with Caritas Carney Hospital in the development of its planned Breast Health Center.

Carlos Carpena, M.D., Service Administrator

The endocrinology division includes a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of endocrine disorders. A diabetes clinic treats all aspects of diabetes including dietary consultation, blood-sugar monitoring and self-administration of medications.

Private consultation is available for the treatment of thyroid conditions, cholesterol, calcium, adrenal and pituitary disorders. In addition, a state-of-the-art bone densitometer is available in the Women's Imaging Suite for evaluation of osteoporosis.

Division of Cardiology
Francis Hubbard, M.D., Section Chief

The Division of Cardiology has remained committed to delivering high quality cardiovascular services to the community of Dorchester and the surrounding communities of Quincy, Milton and the South Shore. Cardiologists are skilled in non-invasive testing, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography and pacemaker implantation. Full consultation services are available on referral. Clinical facilities include a 14-bed Intensive Care Unit and a 12-bed Intermediate Care/Telemetry Unit.

The Sleep Center at Caritas Carney

Sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia: these are just a few of the recognized disorders that keep the afflicted from getting enough sleep. Nearly half of all Americans have difficulty sleeping. Some people may show great bravado about getting a job done on little sleep. Some even brag about having trouble sleeping, claiming their work proves they didn't need the rest anyway. Yet the truth is that fatigue is dangerous. A growing collection of research indicates that America's sleep problems have reached epidemic proportions, and may be the country's number one health problem. The Sleep/Snoring Clinic at Caritas Carney can evaluate those individuals with sleep-related problems and provide consultation and treatment to improve not only their sleep patterns but also their quality of life. In the sleep clinic, patients are evaluated for all common sleep disorders including:

  • Narcolepsy
  • REM behavior disorder
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Snoring disorder
  • Insomnia
The Sleep Lab has recently been relocated to 3 North where spacious, renovated patient rooms, colorfully decorated, provide an atmosphere conducive to sleep. The lab is under the direction of Antoine Badlissi, MD, board certified pulmonologist, and William DeBassio, Ph.D., MD, board certified neurologist. The lab provides state-of-the art computerized diagnostic data including:
  • Polysomnography with EEG, EMG & EOG for sleep staging
  • Multiple Sleep latency testing
  • CPAP titration
Individuals are scheduled for an evaluation in the Sleep/Snoring Clinic with a physician referral by calling 617-296-4000, ext. 5120. To book an appointment for a Sleep Study, call the Sleep Lab at 617-296-4000, ext. 5369