Memorial Hospital

Diabetes Health & Wellness Center

Diabetes Health & Wellness Center

Living with diabetes

Do you need help managing your diabetes?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your diabetes in control?
  • Are your blood sugars in the recommended target ranges?
  • Do you know what to eat and the size of portions you need to achieve optimal weight and blood sugar control?
  • Do you have enough energy throughout your day?

If your answer to any of these questions is “no” and you are a diabetic or pre-diabetic, ask your provider about attending our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

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What is the Diabetes Self-Management Education program?

A Diabetes Self-Management Education is an individualized program to meet the needs of the person living with diabetes. Information is confidential and discussed only in a private appointment. Click here to read more about Diabetes self management... 

Individualized Program

Our comprehensive diabetes education program begins with a one-one consultation with our credentialed educators. Anyone interested may self-refer initially and your physician’s referral will be obtained.

Why should you attend Diabetes Self-Management Education program?

A Joint Position Statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that the four critical times for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support are following diagnosis, annually, if new complication factors influence self-management and when transition in care occurs.  Research has been shown that self-management education at these critical times can reduce A1C’s (average blood glucose level) significantly.

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When are Diabetes Self-Management Education program classes offered?

Class is offered the second (Part 1) and third (Part 2) Thursdays monthly, 10:00 a.m. - 2:03 p.m.

Is this program covered by Medicare and insurance?

Medicare beneficiaries with Part B have a DSME benefit for insurance coverage. Medicare Part B allows up to 10 hours for initial DSME and two hours follow-up per year. Insurance is accepted.

What is a diabetes educator?

A diabetes educator is a healthcare professional who focuses on helping people with and at risk for diabetes and related conditions change their behavior to improve their health. They apply in-depth knowledge and skills to educate and empower patients. They are the key to your diabetes healthcare team and their services are eligible for third-party reimbursement.

Why should diabetics attend a diabetes self-management education program?

You will enhance your health by learning to manage your diabetes effectively. Studies show that individuals are better prepared for daily diabetes decision making when they are fully informed from diabetes self-management education programs. (Source: American Association of Diabetes Educators)

Is this program covered by Medicare and insurance?

Medicare beneficiaries with Part B have a DSME benefit for insurance coverage. Medicare Part B allows up to 10 hours for initial DSME and two hours follow-up per year. Insurance is accepted.

 

Program highlights:

  • Diabetes Overview – managing blood glucose to live well with diabetes
  • Nutrition guidelines and individual meal plans
  • Physical activity recommendations and safety precautions
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose and meter training- tips for optimal accuracy
  • Sick days – managing safely at home and when to call your health care provider
  • Medications – use and safe medication practices
  • Problem-solving and coping with stress
  • Strategies to prevent or delay complications or slow progression
  • Individual goal setting with resource support

What professionals staff the DSME program?

The staff includes a registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, registered pharmacist and licensed professional counselor

Additional diabetes resources available

Insulin pump therapy education and follow-up support
Our CGM program provides 72-hour Continuous Glucose Monitoring testing per physician order if indicated.

Diabetes Support Group the fourth Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in our Community Room at Memorial Medical Building in Carthage. Our support group is open to the public and is facilitated by educators from Memorial Hospital and the Hancock County Health Department.

Where are you located?

We are located in the 

Memorial Medical Building
1450 N. County Road 2050
Carthage, IL 62321

 

 

 

 

 

 


Meet Pam Hartzell

Our program director is Pam Hartzell, RN, CDE, CDTC a Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator and Technology Clinician, has been providing individuals and their families with knowledge and skills for living well with diabetes for the past 30 years.

She has diversified and progressive experience, providing DSME in hospital inpatient and outpatient programs, internal medicine and family practice physician offices, home health, monthly diabetes support groups, health fairs and community programs in collaboration with community agencies. She is President of the Hancock County Volunteers for Diabetes and has served on the board since 1989. She is a diabetes consultant for Hancock County area health care agency professionals. She is a Certified Diabetes Technology Clinician, and provides insulin pump advanced management support to clients and their health care providers.


 

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