Diabetes Care

We Treat Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and Related Complications

Rates of Type 1 (previously called juvenile diabetes) and Type 2 diabetes are increasing globally — as well as in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana — especially in younger age groups.

The skilled team at the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital and University of Louisville is committed to providing expert diabetes care to help your child live life to the fullest. We provide information and guidance to your whole family, because a child’s illness affects everyone.
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Our goal is to provide a personalized treatment plan designed to match the needs of your child, helping them achieve better blood sugar control to live a healthier, more active life.

The Joint Commission, a national health care accrediting organization, awarded the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center with a Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care. Norton Children’s Hospital is one of only three children’s hospitals in the country to receive the designation.

The Norton Children’s and University of Louisville Team

Combining specialists from Norton Children’s and the University of Louisville, the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center works to provide the best possible care for your child. Our diabetes research team develops medical and technological innovations for a better future living with diabetes.

Norton Children’s Hospital is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and the home of inpatient services for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center.

Our care doesn’t stop with your child’s treatment. Outreach education and activities help provide the community support your child needs.

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Our team treats more than 1,200 children with diabetes each year. Approximately 150 children are diagnosed each year, with nearly half requiring hospitalization in the “Just for Kids” Critical Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital.

The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center Difference

Wendy Novak Diabetes Center
411 E. Chestnut St.
Suite 743
Louisville, KY 40202

The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center provides state-of-the art, compassionate care, personalized treatment plans and family education programs. We help your child and your family through the highs and lows of managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The center is funded, in part, by a generous gift from the Lift A Life Foundation.

Services include:

  • Diabetes emergency department and inpatient care
  • Dedicated outpatient care at the new Novak Center for Children’s Health
  • Diabetes educators, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, exercise physiologists and nurse practitioners to help children and families learn to manage and cope with diabetes
  • Eight pediatric physician specialists in diabetes care, education and research:
    • Wendy Novak Endowed Chair of Pediatric Diabetes Care and Clinical Research, held by Kupper A. Wintergerst, M.D., professor of pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine
    • Jack Henderson Endowed Chair of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, held by Michael B. Foster, M.D., associate professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Diabetes care using the most advanced insulin management and glucose sensing technology
  • Personalized education programs for patient, family and community diabetes education
  • Telemedicine program for rural areas, improving access for patients outside Louisville
  • College and Transitional Care Program for children and young adults ages 16 to 26
  • Dedicated Christensen Family Sports and Activity Program focusing on improving the health, safety, and athletic performance of every child and young adult with diabetes
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Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Care

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