Educational materials fill a countertop at the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Educational materials fill a countertop at the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Central Peninsula Hospital adds Diabetes Center

The center has been seeing patients since October and held a grand opening Monday

The Central Peninsula Diabetes Center, a dedicated facility for diabetes care that is part of Central Peninsula Hospital, has been seeing patients since October and held a grand opening Monday.

A press release from the hospital says that the center, which saw its first patients on Oct. 23, fills a space identified in a community needs assessment the hospital conducted in 2022. The newly opened facility is on West Katmai Avenue, across the road from the hospital.

“At the heart of the diabetes center is Anna Boutwell, (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse), a highly skilled and compassionate provider with extensive experience in diabetes management,” the release reads.

The center is focused on “a referral-based, team-oriented approach,” it says, wherein Boutwell will collaborate with primary care providers and endocrinologists.

Another focus of the center is patient education. At the grand opening, Crystal Allen, MPH, RN, said she leads healthy nutrition and risk factor reduction for Type 2 diabetes. She said that can include folks who are prediabetic, who can take steps to decrease their likelihood of developing the condition, as well as guiding those who are recently diagnosed — particularly but not necessarily children.

That education, as well as “in-depth care” and analysis of a patient’s condition and tests, Allen said, are some of the benefits of having the dedicated facility locally. She described the services provided at the diabetes center as being supplemental to an existing relationship with a primary care provider.

Allen showcased books for children that cover managing diabetes in different situations like at school, while playing sports, or while at a sleepover. The center also has cookbooks and other sources of information for patients. All the books, including some given out to patients of the center, are provided by the Central Peninsula Health Foundation, she said.

“We look forward to serving our community with a focus on patient-centered care, education, and a collaborative approach, aiming to improve the lives of those living with diabetes and ensure a healthy future for all,” the release reads.

The operating hours of the center are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit cpgh.org/diabetes.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

Educational materials fill a countertop at the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Educational materials fill a countertop at the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

An empty room awaits patients at the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

An empty room awaits patients at the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Snow falls atop the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. The office opened in October, but a grand opening was held this week. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Snow falls atop the Central Peninsula Diabetes Center in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. The office opened in October, but a grand opening was held this week. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

More in News

LaDawn Druce asks Sen. Jesse Bjorkman a question during a town hall event on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
District unions call for ‘walk-in’ school funding protest

The unions have issued invitations to city councils, the borough assembly, the Board of Education and others

tease
House District 6 race gets 3rd candidate

Alana Greear filed a letter of intent to run on April 5

Kenai City Hall is seen on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai water treatment plant project moves forward

The city will contract with Anchorage-based HDL Engineering Consultants for design and engineering of a new water treatment plant pumphouse

Students of Soldotna High School stage a walkout in protest of the veto of Senate Bill 140 in front of their school in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi students walk out for school funding

The protest was in response to the veto of an education bill that would have increased school funding

The Kenai Courthouse as seen on Monday, July 3, 2023, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Clam Gulch resident convicted of 60 counts for sexual abuse of a minor

The conviction came at the end of a three-week trial at the Kenai Courthouse

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (screenshot)
Borough awards contract for replacement of Seward High School track

The project is part of a bond package that funds major deferred maintenance projects at 10 borough schools

Kenai Peninsula Education Association President LaDawn Druce, left, and committee Chair Jason Tauriainen, right, participate in the first meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Four Day School Week Ad Hoc Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
4-day school week committee talks purpose of potential change, possible calendar

The change could help curb costs on things like substitutes, according to district estimates

A studded tire is attached to a very cool car in the parking lot of the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Studded tire removal deadline extended

A 15-day extension was issued via emergency order for communities above the 60 degrees latitude line

A sign for Peninsula Community Health Services stands outside their facility in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, April 15, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
PCHS to pursue Nikiski expansion, moves to meet other community needs

PCHS is a private, nonprofit organization that provides access to health care to anyone in the community

Most Read