New Toledo diabetes center will put services under 1 roof

Construction of a Toledo facility that will bring a variety of diabetes treatments under one roof is well underway.

The 55,000 square foot building, slated to open in January of 2014, is going up on Promedica Toledo Hospital's North Campus and will care for patients young and old.

Services at the facility will include everything from teaching patients about lifestyle or diet changes to treating pregnant women with diabetes.

The diabetes center will carry the name of Mary Ellen "Meme" Falzone, a Toledo 14-year-old who died in 1978 of complications from Type 1 diabetes.

â??It was a shock to us that Meme died from a disease we didnâ??t know she had,â?? said her sister, Sue Falzone Jablonski, of the Columbus area. â??She was full of energy, and she was super smart. She was super active.â??

To honor Memeâ??s memory and help the community confront a devastating disease through comprehensive care and education, the Falzone family is the lead donor for the ProMedica Mary Ellen Falzone Diabetes Center.

Toledo endocrinologist John Brunner, MD, of the Endocrine & Diabetes Care Center, will be medical director for diabetes care.