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Specialty Clinics

Nutrition, cholesterol management, diabetes education, wound care, and medications play an important role for persons diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and even for those persons who are at risk for developing these diseases. That's why the Cardiovascular and Diabetes Center has developed five specialized clinics to prevent, diagnose, and treat cardiovascular-related diseases:

  • Lipid Clinic
  • Anticoagulant Clinic
  • Diabetes Education Clinic
  • Wound Care Clinic
  • Nutrition Education Clinic

Lipid Clinic

The Lipid Clinic provides treatment and health education for people who are at risk or have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. The Lipid Clinic is overseen by Peter Klementowicz, M.D., FACC, a board-certified, New England Heart Institute cardiologist and lipidologist who specializes in cholesterol management.

Dr. Klementowicz works one-on-one with each patient to:

  • Help understand and interpret the lipid profile.
  • Counsel about normal cholesterol levels and how to lower levels to a normal range.
  • Educate about lifestyle modification, medications, and potential interventional procedures.
  • Monitor monthly cholesterol levels, medications, and lifestyle changes.
  • Coordinate with primary care physicians updates on progress/treatments.
  • Provide access to a registered dietitian to learn about low-fat meal planning and exercise to control cholesterol.

Anticoagulant Clinic

Patients who take anticoagulants or "blood thinners" such as Coumadin are monitored at the Anticoagulant Clinic. Nurses and clinic staff, led by Sofia Lai-Zuercher, RN, MSN, APRN-C, treat more than 500 patients a month. The clinic offers patients on-site testing to monitor medication levels, fast results, and one-on-one consultation with a dedicated practitioner all in one visit. SJH Retail Pharmacy makes it easy to fill Coumadin prescriptions.

Diabetes Education Clinic

People with diabetes are 300 times more likely than others to suffer from cardiac-related diseases. The Diabetes Education Clinic offers help to learn more about how to keep diabetes under control and to lower the risk of serious future complications.

The clinic offers personalized education about diabetes and lifestyle modifications, including diet planning and exercise, a weekly education series for patients living with diabetes, access to support groups, and free glucose testing. The clinic also offers a Diabetes Resource & Support Group.

To receive information about upcoming diabetes programs and support groups, please email info@sjhnh.org. Or, to view current diabetes education classes, please search our listing of Community Health Education classes.

Wound Care Clinic

The Wound Care Clinic helps wounds heal faster, while avoiding re-injury and infection. A wide range of services includes treatment of wounds caused by injuries, surgery, and diabetes, as well as ostomy care. At the Wound Care Clinic, patients meet privately with a nurse who specializes in wound care to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments to at-home wound care equipment and supplies. Janet Prince, RN, BSN, CWOCN, CGRN, and Danielle Szarek, BSN, RN, CWOCN, offer education about the importance of proper wound care and work closely with patients and their primary care physicians to develop an individualized plan of care.

Nutrition Education Clinic

Understanding how the foods we eat affect our health is important for managing and treating heart and vascular disease. Patients may be referred to the Nutrition Education Clinic to help manage high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart-related illnesses. Registered dietitians work closely with physicians and specialists to create a diet plan that meets the lifestyle and health needs of each individual patient. They also provide patient education about the effects of poor nutrition and the benefits of good nutrition and exercise.