Rector Diabetes Education and Resource Center The 2,000-square-foot Rector Diabetes Education and Resource Center opened in November 2009. The freestanding facility includes a library, meeting space and a demonstration kitchen..
The Rector Diabetes Education and Resource Center on the Labette Health campus is such a dream. It began when Rhett May was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of two. His grandparents,Jacque and Kelly Rector of Parsons,were disappointed in the amount and quality of diabetes-related information available to caregivers,educators and others who might be part of Rhett's life.
Working with Dr. Manish Dixit,a pediatrician,and a Labette Health committee,the Rectors developed a vision of a facility that could make an impact on the spread of diabetes by educating those most at risk — children. The vision was shared with allies in the battle against diabetes,including Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City,and the excitement grew. A generous donation from the Rectors to the Labette Health Foundation funded construction of a home for the vision.
The result of their efforts was a 2,000-square-foot building that contains classroom space and a demonstration kitchen,plus a vibrant mix of high-tech fitness equipment and interactive media kiosks. The new facility was dedicated November 17.