Hamilton hosts ‘Pin a Personality’ ceremony 
to bring awareness to diabetes

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

 Pictured are community members and Hamilton Medical Center associates who participated in the Hamilton Diabetes and Nutrition Center’s “Pin a Personality” ceremony, an event focused on diabetes awareness.
Pictured are community members and Hamilton Medical Center associates who participated in the Hamilton Diabetes and Nutrition Center’s “Pin a Personality” ceremony, an event focused on diabetes awareness. 

 DALTON, Ga. – To promote diabetes awareness, the Hamilton Diabetes and Nutrition Center hosted a “Pin a Personality” ceremony on Nov, 12. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Members of the community were invited to hear about diabetes and share in a mission of serving those affected by diabetes as part of the “Pin a Personality” program through the International Diabetes Federation. Each person received a pin with a blue circle, the universal symbol of diabetes awareness.

“We tasked our ‘personalities’ to wear their pins during the month of November and share the information they received with their co-workers, friends and family,” said Mary Kendrick, Center director.

Community members who participated included: Karli Morgan, North Georgia Radio Group; David Pennington, mayor of Dalton; Bruce Satterfield, Dalton Fire Department chief; Gayle Brannon, Whitfield Health Department manager; Vickie Reed, Murray County Schools superintendent; Ty Ross, Dalton administrator; Scott Chitwood, Whitfield County sheriff; Lynda Ridley, Dalton State College assistant professor; and Sue DiDonato, First National Community Bank mortgage specialist.

Hamilton Medical Center representatives included: Sandy McKenzie, COO; Shawn Molsberger, vice president; Joyce Starks, RN, Westcott Center nursing manager; Graham Fox, Hamilton Physician Group executive director; Bo Barrett, manager for the office of Carlton Lancaster, MD; Bo Callaway, Hamilton Home Health and Hospice director; Johnny Edwards, Hamilton Convenient Care director; and Jerry Tatum, Public Safety director.

“Our goal was to give them an understanding of diabetes,” said Kendrick. “Georgia ranks ninth among states in the U.S. for incidence of diabetes at 9.8 percent. Here in Whitfield County and our surrounding service areas, that number is even higher at 10.3 to 12.4 percent of the population who have diabetes. These numbers are astounding.”

The message for the event was “Be well. Be informed. Get screened.”