Diabetes is a multisystem disorder. Diabetes care is a multidisciplinary process. The Bildirici Center for Diabetes Care and Research opened its doors to its first patients in August 2007, as the first center in Israel to offer comprehensive integrated multidisciplinary care for people with diabetes. In addition to direct patient care, the Center has organized courses, lectures and workshops for people with diabetes, as well as for professionals caring for people with diabetes and for the general community. The ability of individuals within different departments to develop and implement such a center may have been facilitated by the smallness of our institution and the familiarity they share as a result. We have shown how a community hospital, without ties to a major medical center or academic institution, can establish a multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient diabetes center, the first of its kind in a country. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.