History & Mission
When their granddaughter was diagnosed with
type I diabetes at the age of two and a half, Mary and Dick Allen turned to Hoag’s
medical leadership for guidance and training. For the Allens, their granddaughter’s
illness has led to a resolve extending beyond the experiences of their
own family; this experience inspired them to become advocates within the
community and they actively support diabetes programming. They see it
as their mission to educate and support others who live with diabetes.
In collaboration with Community Benefit and with the support of the Foundation,
the Center is able to provide a full range of services in diabetes care.
Since its opening in 2009, the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center has
made a positive difference in the lives of men, women and children with
diabetes in our community. Our services are comprised of assisting teens and
young adults transition to adult care, offering individualized and culturally sensitive education for adults
with or at-risk for diabetes, and to provide education and support for
women who are pregnant with diabetes or plan to become pregnant. Our
programs and services are designed to overcome cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic
barriers with a strong focus on
psychosocial support as part of the patient’s experience with us.
The mission of the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital
is to make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes or those
at risk of diabetes, through prevention, early detection, prompt care,
education and support. We aim to provide excellent patient-centered clinical care while also ensuring
that our patients are empowered to manage the psychosocial aspects of
diabetes management. The Allen Diabetes Center is supported by philanthropy
and serves patients to enhance the care provided by their physicians.