At Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, part of Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, we help children, young adults up to age 26 — and their families — live long, healthy and active lives with diabetes. Through nationally recognized inpatient care at Jack and Wendy’s Place within Norton Children’s Hospital and outpatient care at the Novak Center for Children’s Health, we continue to reduce the negative impact diabetes has on children. Our vision is to become the defining health brand for diabetes treatment, education and research.
With your help in supporting our educational outreach efforts, research innovation, workforce improvements, endowed chairs and life-changing clinical programs, we will empower our patients and their families.
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Hear David Novak and Ashley Novak Butler explain how the Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute is making a difference and how you can help.
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Health Care Presentations By Our Clinical Staff
A Top Pediatric Diabetes Program Ranked By U.S. News & World Report
Diabetes Research Trials
Endocrinology Training Fellows
Our interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to diabetes care empowers our patients to live long, healthy and active lives. The hope we instill in children is what drives us every day.
At the tender age of four, Norah Price began to lose the upbeat personality to which her parents had become so accustomed. When Charles and Sarah Price learned their daughter had type 1 diabetes, it was a life-altering moment. Through the continued care and support received at the Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, Norah has found reason to smile again. “She always remains positive, and she inspires us to be the same,” said Charles Price.
When David Adams was diagnosed with diabetes as an eighth-grade student, his life was turned upside down. Aspirations of following his father in the Marines were dashed because of his condition. It took some time, but with the support of his family, friends and the caregivers at Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, he’s now empowered to live his best life. Recent technological advancements have also made his diabetes more easily managed, and have provided his mother, Beth, peace of mind. “I no longer constantly worry about his blood sugar levels as the device manages this for him,” she said.
With help from his family and the team at Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute, Mason Christensen remains active in one of the things he loves most – playing sports. By empowering both Mason and his entire family with the education, training and support necessary to keep diabetes at bay, the Center has helped provide a sense of confidence to the Christensens to live life fully. “The special thing about the Center is that it’s not just focused on children; it’s an experience that involves the whole family,” said Mason’s father, Tony.
Our team understands the challenges inherent in living with diabetes — many through personal experiences — and that empathetic perspective provides motivation to help our patients’ families thrive in the face of this disease. Here’s how we’re making a difference.