- Meet Consumers/Patients
Dr. Jane Balint
“I have had the privilege of taking care of children (and now adults, as my patients have grown up) with serious intestinal problems since I was a nurse at Albany Medical Center and took care of two of Dr. Howard’s PN-dependent patients. Now, as a pediatric gastroenterologist, I have a practice focused on those with intestinal failure. It was through Dr. Howard, my father (Dr. John Balint), and the family of one of those first patients that I learned of Oley and the tremendous support and education it provides to both consumers and clinicians. Oley is a unique resource in advancing the care of those in need of enteral and parenteral nutrition support.”
Dr. John Balint
“I’ve been in Albany for forty-nine years. Doing GI, I had a fair number of patients who’ve done incredibly well with TPN. I was fortunate to know Dr. Jim Halstead, who knew a great deal about nutrition. He said to me, ‘Would you like to have a division of nutrition attached to the division of GI?’ And that’s how we got Lyn Howard here. The relief of having somebody like Lyn arrive—it meant that I didn’t have to struggle with the parenteral nutrition aspect of my patients’ care.
“I was in at the start of all this [founding of the Oley Foundation]. Lyn and I flew out to San Francisco to pick up a check, which got Oley started. I think what the Oley Foundation does is wonderful, which is why I give you some money from time to time. It’s been wonderful having the Foundation around.”
LifelineLetter, January/February 2012