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Marathon runner Douglas Gray, 37, of Medford, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes two years ago, but with the help and expertise of The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Hallmark Health System (HHS) he has curbed the disease’s impact on his life. The Center is located at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford (LMH).
Gray, who runs 10-miles round trip to and from his job as the Rooms Controller at the Boston Marriott Cambridge in Kendall Square each day and competes in marathons and other long-distance races, works closely with the Center’s staff, including his endocrinologist Dr. Sunita Schurgin, to monitor and maintain his blood sugar levels. He also has to maintain his health to keep up with his wife Natasha and their son Timur, 5 ½.
Gray was “shocked” when he was diagnosed with diabetes, especially because the disease doesn’t run in his family. He’d been having trouble staying hydrated, but didn’t think much of it because he had been running a lot. It wasn’t until his vision started to decline that he decided to see his primary care physician. “I was completely blindsided,” said Gray. “I assumed I was over training.”
But Gray hasn’t let diabetes slow him down. He completed his first 50-mile race in September and is training for a 100-mile race in May. Gray makes sure to adjust his insulin if he’s going on a really long run and also never runs without glucose gel, which he could take if his sugar level starts to drop.
Gray was happy to learn the hospital was affiliated with The Joslin Diabetes Center and has continued to be impressed with the clinical expertise of the staff. He said he definitely made the right choice in selecting HHS for his diabetes care. “I couldn’t ask for more,” said Gray when asked about the Center’s staff. “I have the ultimate confidence in Dr. Schurgin and her clinical colleagues at the Center.”
The Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at Hallmark Health System, which opened at LMH in 2011, brings the expertise of the world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization to the community. Patients can now receive the most up-to-date diabetes and endocrinology treatment without traveling into Boston. The Center builds on HHS’s solid reputation for comprehensive, patient-centered diabetes and endocrinology care while offering patients the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH) is a 134-bed acute care hospital offering a range of medical services including Urgent Care Center, emergency care, cardiology, oncology/hematology, day surgery, general and specialty surgery, acute medical services, geriatrics, medical-psychiatry, Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery and comprehensive diagnostic and outpatient services.
LMH physicians are rated among the best in Massachusetts. The LMH Independent Physician Association (IPA) ranked among the top four in the 2002 Tufts Health Plan assessment of over 83 groups. Residents from some of the top medical schools in the country come to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
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