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St. Rita's Medical Center

The primary goal of LEAP is to address the health education needs of low-income residents in Lima, Ohio, who have diabetes. The program aims to prevent life-threatening complications of the disease. The "neighborhood nurses" who provide the services target at-risk areas, such as low-income, underserved African-American neighborhoods. Since the program's inception, more than 560 patients have participated, and only one leg amputation - as a result of surgical complications - has occurred. One patient who had two toes amputated likely would have required full leg amputation if not for LEAP services.