Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
St. Mary's Good Samaritan offers one of the most comprehensive diabetes programs in southern Illinois with both St. Mary's Hospital and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center achieving the prestigious American Diabetes Association Recognition status.
Diabetes Self-Management Education is a proven way to lower the Hgb A1C, which reduces the complications and costs of diabetes while improving quality of life.
To participate, contact your physician and request an order for both diabetes education and nutrition education. Our services are provided by a highly trained staff of professionals and is under the guidance of an Advisory Board.
We provide education and support for all types of diabetes.
- Type 2
- Gestational Diabetes
Diabetes self-management courses teach you about:
Types of Self-Managemet Sessions:
Group sessions (preferred by Medicare):
Group sessions are conducted over three days for a total of nine hours. Participants learn about managing diabetes from A – Z while meeting people who have the same diabetes questions.
Individual sessions last approximately one hour and take two to three sessions to complete. These visits are intended for those who are unable or unwilling to participate in group sessions.
Is Diabetes Self-Management covered by Insurance or Medicare?
All of the above services are covered by Medicare and most private payers. Medicaid does not cover any education. However, Medicaid and self-pay patients may be eligible for financial assistance. Contact Patient Business Services for more information.
Diabetes Support Group
Free Diabetes Support Groups are held monthly at both hospitals. There is no charge for attendance and advance registration is not required.
For more information about services at either hospital:
Contact the Diabetes Self-Management Education team at (618) 899-2085.