Local Gala to Benefit South Asian Diabetes Education Resource Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital

September 19, 2018

Local Gala to Benefit South Asian Diabetes Education Resource Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.: In an effort to raise awareness about diabetes -- a disease that disproportionately affects the South Asian community -- Saint Peter’s University Hospital (SPUH) has joined forces with the Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation. Together, they have established the SKN South Asian Diabetes Education and Resource Center at Saint Peter’s. The center will be featured at the SKN Foundation HOPE Gala scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. at The Marigold located at 315 Churchill Ave. in Somerset, NJ.

“South Asians residing in the U.S. have the highest prevalence of diabetes out of any ethnic group in the country with 25% of this population having diabetes,” noted Meena S. Murthy, MD, chief, Division of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolism at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “More than half are undiagnosed. A silent killer, diabetes leads to premature disability and death with more than half of the deaths in South Asians occurring before age 60.”

The SKN South Asian Diabetes Education and Resource Center is a joint venture with Saint Peter’s. Leslie D. Hirsch, Interim CEO and President of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, described it as “a significant event in the life of Saint Peter’s.”

“We can all be excited about this first-in-New Jersey initiative, which is designed to deliver culturally competent care to South Asians in the state, a group that exhibits unique health needs and requires culturally targeted program that is all-encompassing of its specific clinical-social needs,” he said.
Medical staff take a holistic approach based on respect for the patient’s cultural background, spiritual needs and healthcare values. The center, located in the Center for Ambulatory Resources (CARES) next door to Saint Peter’s in New Brunswick, features diabetes experts, educators and staff of South Asian origin to assure culturally appropriate care. Saint Peter’s Thyroid and Diabetes Center, located in the same building, offers early screening with a focus on prevention; comprehensive consultation and management; specialized care for women; diabetes self-management education; and through this partnership, nutritional guidance specific to the South Asian diet and South Asian support groups.

Special guests at the SKN HOPE Gala will include Vikas Khanna, celebrity chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, filmmaker, humanitarian and TV judge for Master Chef India; Charlie Kimball, IndyCar series driver with Type 1 diabetes; and celebrity host, Indian actress and fashion designer, Mandira Bedi. Photo and interview opportunities will be available the day before the event as well as the day of the event.
Tickets for the gala start at $175 and can be purchased at
To learn more about SKN Foundation and how you can help, visit

About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital and state-designated children’s hospital and regional perinatal center; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees outpatient facilities, including  the CARES Surgicenter and New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab; and Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, a network of primary and specialty care physician practices located throughout central New Jersey and in Manhattan. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical Health and Sciences. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

About SKN Foundation
Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation is a non-profit organization under Section 501(C) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. The SKN Foundation’s mission is to promote total wellness of the person and community through education. This mission is accomplished through coordinating volunteer activities, raising funds to provide health related educational resources, and working with other organizations focused on the community. For more information about SKN, visit or call 908-643-1744.

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