“The Care Until the Cure”
The words say it all. It can’t come too soon. At the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center we all live for the day when the scientists finally discover the cure. No more finger-sticks. No more diabetes pills. No more insulin shots. But in the meantime, we’re here with our own special Berrie brand of care, for our patients and their families.
Our own brand—because anyone expecting a standard-issue medical center is in for a surprise. You see it every day. Patients, especially new patients and their families, walk through the door of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and visibly relax. Both our staff and our surroundings are warm, welcoming—and very child-friendly.
The surprising truth about the cost of care
Many people who think of giving to the Berrie Center underestimate the cost of treating our patients. They believe we only need help to cover those who have no insurance and can’t pay. The fact is that every patient’s treatment costs us money. Because a lot of our ongoing care is by phone or email, even the best insurance doesn’t cover it.
What we’re up against
Over 20 million Americans have diabetes, and about one in 12 New Yorkers. The disease attacks all ethnic, socioeconomic, and age groups. These days it’s hitting children especially hard: not only Type 1, but, increasingly, adolescent-onset Type 2. Yet until a few years ago, New York had no center for the kind of comprehensive, multidisciplinary care that the Berrie Center provides.
Now our clinical care program cares for more than 12,000 adults and children with diabetes, from every kind of background in New York City—and beyond.
Why go to a doctor when we give you a whole team?
The Berrie Center approach brings together a group of healthcare professionals: endocrinologists (diabetes specialists), a nutritionist, a psychologist, an ophthalmologist, sometimes outside specialists, too—all focused on the patient at the center. With a single case coordinator to take care of the record-keeping for the patient. The team members consult with each other, the patient’s family, as well as the patient, to see that their diabetes is managed as well as it can be.
With us, diabetes is a family affair
We talk a lot about patients and their families. Which reflects one of the Berrie Center’s innovative approaches to care—setting it apart from almost every other diabetes treatment facility in America. We invite our patients to involve their whole families in their treatment process. So we encourage parents, spouses, children, brothers and sisters, with other family members and friends, to come to appointments with patients. We’ve found that having family and friends working together as a team with the Berrie Center’s caregivers helps prevent the serious complications that can affect people with diabetes.
"I think that the Berrie Center model—of care and research side by side—is the best way to go. It gives the patient a sense of hope, a sense of confidence, that the people they’re working with are not just treating their disease, but trying to find a cure. I think more healthcare facilities should be designed like this."Mary Elizabeth Bunzel
Mother of Eli, diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11
What Berrie Center patients get that others don't
- Their own personal team
The Berrie Center isn’t about “us” and “them,” professionals and patients. It’s about everyone working together as a single team—patients, families, healthcare providers—we’re all in this together. Along with the Center’s own researchers, who are very much present.
- More than medicine
The Berrie Center isn’t just about medicine. And it’s not about expensive and sometimes unnecessary procedures. It’s about teaching people to manage their diabetes, whether they’re 5 or 75. For example, the Center requires all new adult patients with Type 2 diabetes to take classes even before they see a doctor.
- Researchers and clinicians working together
Because our research scientists are right on the premises, working closely with our clinicians, treatment and research operate as a single feedback loop, with scientific findings often translating directly to patient care, and patient realities driving new research angles.
We don't just treat. We train.
Berrie Center patients get an education in managing their diabetes, from classes to one-to-one advice on nutrition and more. Our approach is effective but time consuming, which means costly.