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Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center

Type 1 diabetes has been on the rise for the past 50 years and is growing annually, especially in younger age groups. More than 1,200 children are currently being treated for Type 1 diabetes by specialists at Kosair Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville. Approximately 150 children are diagnosed each year, of whom nearly 50 percent require hospitalization in the critical care center at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

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Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center

Thanks to a generous $5 million gift from the Lift a Life Foundation, the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive center offering education and treatment of Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes. The diabetes center includes:

  • Diabetes inpatient services
  • Dedicated outpatient center (to be constructed)
  • Diabetes educators and diabetes nurse practitioners to help kids and families learn to manage their diabetes
  • Pediatric physician specialists in diabetes care, education and research:
    • Wendy L. Novak Endowed Chair of Pediatric Diabetes Care and Clinical Research, held by Kupper A. Wintergerst, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine
    • Jack Henderson Endowed Chair of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Diabetes care using the most advanced insulin management and glucose sensing technology
  • Personalized education programs for patient, family and community diabetes education
  • Telemedicine program for rural areas of Kentucky, improving access to care for patients outside of the Louisville area
  • Extended diabetes care program for young adults ages 18 to 25