|Dr. Louis Haenel Named Medical Director of Kennedy’s Diabetes Education Program|
|Wednesday, March 14, 2012|
Louis C. Haenel III, D.O., has been named Medical Director of the Kennedy Health System’s three Diabetes Control outpatient education centers, located in Cherry Hill, Somerdale and Washington Township, NJ. In this role, Dr. Haenel will oversee the clinical operations of the acclaimed Diabetes Control program, which has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for its high-quality education program.
Board certified in Internal Medicine and endocrinology, Dr. Louis Haenel has been an important part of the Kennedy Health System family for more than 40 years. He served as Chief of Staff at Kennedy from 1987 to 1989 and was a member of the hospital Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1999. The Section Head of Endocrinology at all three Kennedy University Hospitals, Dr. Haenel has been a volunteer faculty member of UMDNJ– School of Osteopathic Medicine for more than 30 years, and is a multiple winner of the student-presented Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. Haenel’s reputation for clinical excellence has resulted in him having been named a “Top Doc” by South Jersey magazine on more than one occasion. Honored as “Internist of the Year” by the American College of Osteopathic Internists in 2005, Dr. Haenel is the father of three children, including Dr. Louis Haenel IV, with whom he shares a medical practice. Dr. Haenel resides in Cherry Hill with his wife, Norma.
Diabetes Control at Kennedy – a program covered in New Jersey by most medical insurance programs – has met the ADA’s National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the ADA Education Recognition program. Through a program like Diabetes Control at Kennedy, people with diabetes can assume a major part of the responsibility for effectively managing their condition. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes can often be prevented through self-management education programs.
According to the ADA, more than 20.8 million people in the United State have diabetes: an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, but another 6.2 million are not even aware they have the disease. Many first learn they have diabetes when they are treated for one its life threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation. Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45 percent in the U.S., while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined.
For more information about Diabetes Control at Kennedy, please contact one of our Diabetes Control Centers: