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Holy Family Hospital Debuts Educational Documentaries “Type 2 Diabetes: Sound the Alarm”

Monday, July 08, 2013

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Heriberto Reynoso of Lawrence, MA and Sebastian Amenta of Salem, NH share their personal experiences in taking charge of this disease and their lives

For Sebastian Amenta of Salem, NH, and Heriberto Reynoso of Lawrence , MA, their diabetes diagnosis was a wake-up call. With education, the help of their spouses, medication, significant changes in their eating habits, and regular exercise, these men are successfully managing their diabetes and feeling great.

Holy Family Hospital is pleased to share their stories in two, 16-minute videos entitled “Diabetes Type 2: Sound the Alarm.” The Reynoso’s story is told in Spanish; the Amenta’s story is told in English.

“These individuals had the courage to face diabetes head on and in front of the camera for thousands of people to see. They dedicated time, commitment and a complete openness to change. They did this for their health and the health of others in the communities we serve,” explained Lester Schindel, President of Holy Family Hospital. “I believe these stories will have a lasting impact on so many lives. Instead of feeling stuck and alone, individuals and families will find hope, courage, confidence and the knowledge they need to take charge of this disease and their lives.”

Educational Resource in Response to a Growing Epidemic

Hospitalization rates for diabetes in Andover, North Andover, Haverhill, Lawrence and Methuen exceed the state average by 21%, according to Holy Family’s last health needs assessment. The idea to create these videos was conceived by Alberto Sobrado, MD, president of Community Medical Professionals in North Andover and clinical advisor to Holy Family Hospital’s Community Benefits program. Diabetes is one of the program’s main priorities.

“As a physician, I’ve seen an alarming rise in diabetes over the last several years. And I know my colleagues in the Merrimack Valley have witnessed the same.  Diabetes can have a devastating impact on individuals and families.  But it doesn’t have to be this way,” said Dr. Sobrado. 

“These videos teach patients diagnosed with or pre-disposed to diabetes, and the community-at-large, that you can take control of this disease, and even prevent it, to live a long, active, healthy life. I am so grateful to Sebastian, Heriberto and their wives for sharing their stories so that others can learn from their experiences.”

Holy Family Hospital is partnering with local health and human service organizations and physicians, providing them with this video for their own educational efforts.

Watch Diabetes Type 2: Sound the Alarm Online

Journey with the Reynosos and the Amentas as they share their personal experiences in taking charge of this disease and their lives.

The Reynoso’s Family Story - en Español

The Amenta’s Family Story - in English

About Holy Family Hospital, a Steward Family Hospital

Holy Family Hospital, a member of Steward Health Care, is a 261-bed acute-care hospital serving some 450,000 people in 20 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire, including Methuen, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover and Haverhill, MA; and Salem , NH. Holy Family is fully accredited and has proudly received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, the world leader in evaluating the quality and safety of patient care. For more information about the hospital's programs and services, visit www.stewardholyfamily.org.


Media Contact:
Anna Frankenfield
Holy Family Hospital
978-687-0156, ext. 2659


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