LifeCare Alliance merges with diabetes association

Staff report

COLUMBUS — LifeCare Alliance, a non-profit provider of Meals-on-Wheels, has merged with The Central Ohio Diabetes Association (CODA), the organizations announced this week.

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association — which helps central Ohioans living with diabetes detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes — will be classified as an agency under the LifeCare Alliance umbrella of services.

The partnership will allow for more diabetes screening in Madison County, according to a spokesperson. There is not fee for the screening services. Plans are underway to find a location to provide screening exams this year.

Both of the organizations’ boards unanimously voted for the partnership, which officials say will expand healthcare services to more clients while eliminating operating redundancies.

Five members of the CODA Board of Directors will transition to the LifeCare Alliance Board, according to Laura Moskow Sigal, CODA Interim Executive Director.

“This partnership will be a smooth transition,” stated Chuck Gehring, president and CEO of LifeCare Alliance. “There will be no interruption in service, all programs will remain the same — the day-to-day operations will continue.”

Current programs include diabetes detection screenings, examinations, diabetes education, and Camp Hamwi, a summer residential camp for youth with diabetes ages 7-17.

There are no immediate plans for relocation, said Gehring. The employees of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association will continue to work from their offices at 1100 Dennison Avenue

To learn more about the Central Ohio Diabetes Association contact Interim Executive Director, Laura Moskow Sigal at 614-884-4400 or Chuck Gehring, President and CEO of LifeCare Alliance at 614-437-2802.

The Central Ohio Diabetes Association was founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local physicians. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is a private not-for-profit organization, with a staff of Certified Diabetes Educators, nurses, dietitians and social workers providing direct services to local families in Franklin County and ten contiguous counties in Ohio.

Formed in 1898, LifeCare Alliance provides the following signature programs: Meals-on-Wheels, Senior Dining Centers, Wellness Centers, Help-at-Home, Visiting Nurses, The Columbus Cancer Clinic, Project OpenHand-Columbus, Groceries-to-Go, IMPACT Safety and Senior PetCare.

Staff report