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Best and Brightest: Building a Team to Fight Diabetes

Enlisting the help of other clinicians at UC Health University Hospital lets staff endocrinologist Mercedes Falciglia improve outcomes for diabetes patients.

My focus is on inpatient diabetes. No matter what they’ve been admitted for—car accident, heart attack, having a baby—about one-third of our 500 hospital patients are diagnosed with diabetes; over one half will be diagnosed with hyperglycemia, or elevated blood sugar. With those who have diabetes, we want to help them get treatment, and with those who have hyperglycemia we want to see if we can intervene before complications arise.