Breaking: NSMC partners with Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic, NDORI to combat obesity


North Sunflower Medical Center is about eight miles from the city of Cleveland, but their new, and potentially groundbreaking partnership with the Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic bounds the thriving Ruleville hospital with one of the top research centers in the country.

NSMC announced this week a new medical services and research partnership with the National Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute and the Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology & Metabolism Institute.

According to a release by NSMC on Thursday, “NDORI was Founded in 2014 to address the diabetes and obesity crisis in Mississippi. Their partnership with the Cleveland Clinic and the Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute provides nationwide research capabilities and innovative diabetes and obesity treatment options to NSMC patients.”

“NDORI developed their affiliate partnership with the Cleveland Clinic to help bring their innovative treatment options to rural areas across the country, including North Sunflower Medical Center,” said NSMC CEO Sam Miller.  “Together, we are joining forces as a team to develop a cure for Diabetes in America.”

While obesity and diabetes are national health crises, the effects of this epidemic are felt acutely in Mississippi. Over 435,000 Mississippians currently live with diabetes. Over a third (37.5%) have prediabetes. With over half of all residents of the state living either with diabetes or qualifying as pre-diabetic, Mississippi has the highest occurrence of diabetes in the nation.

“For several years, we have been working to provide new and innovative treatments for diabetes, sleep apnea, heart disease, and stroke,” said Miller. “Obesity is a killer and we will never stop looking to find new treatment options for our patients.”

NDORI was established to develop the necessary infrastructure to offer diabetes and obesity clinical research, including clinical trials, disease-based registries and treatment-based algorithms. They are committed to creating the BEST diabetes and obesity research institute in America and to help find a cure for diabetes.

Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country. Their mission is to provide better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve. U.S. News & World Report continually ranks the Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute’s diabetes and endocrinology services in the top ten in the nation.


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