Leonardtown, MDMedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will be hosting a Diabetes Alert Day Tuesday, March, 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Health Connections Meeting Rooms A and B, located on the second floor of the hospital’s Outpatient Pavilion.

“We are hoping to make people aware that you can have this scary disease and not even know you have it,” said Tina Leap, CDE, RN, diabetes educator.

Approximately 8 million Americans have diabetes and are undiagnosed, according to the American Diabetes Association. Approximately 29 million Americans, or 9 percent of the population, live with diabetes.

Those who attend the event can receive free blood glucose screenings and participate in risk assessment testing. Education about pre-diabetes will also be offered and tips on how to prevent diabetes will be available.

Diabetes educators and a registered dietician will be on hand to answer questions as well as to discuss diabetes classes and services offered through Health Connections, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s community outreach department.
No appointment is necessary and all events are free of charge.

For more information visit MedStarStMarys.org or call Health Connections at 301-475-6019.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital: MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital (MSMH) is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Maryland. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary’s provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.