Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
Learn more about diabetes self-care from a Certified Diabetes Educator including:
§ Physical activity
§ Healthy eating
§ Preventing complications
§ Psychological adjustment
Education is held at two convenient locations
· St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia
· Good Samaritan Regional Health Center – Mt. Vernon
Diabetes Self-Management Education is available in:
Ø Group sessions (preferred by Medicare) which consist of a total of eight hours of instruction divided between two separate days. Participants learn about managing diabetes from A – Z while having fun and meeting people who have the same diabetes issues. For a complete schedule of group classes at both St. Mary’s Hospital and at Good Samaritan, click here!
Ø Individual sessions which last approximately one hour. Plan to return at least 2 – 3 times to complete the training modules. These visits are intended for those who are unable or unwilling to participate in group sessions.
Ø Medical Nutrition Therapy is provided by a Registered Dietitian
Ø All of the above services are covered by Medicare and most private payers. Medicaid does not cover any education. However, Medicaid recipients may contact the Patient Accounting Department for information on possible assistance.
Ø If you are interested in learning more about taking care of your diabetes and avoiding complications, contact your physician and request an order for both diabetes education and meal planning. Your physician office can take care of scheduling also.
Ø Insulin teaching with Certified Diabetes Educator
Ø Gestational Diabetes Self-Management Education with Certified Diabetes Educator
Ø Follow-up education
Diabetes Education and Support Group programs are held monthly at both hospitals. There is no charge for attendance and advance registration is not required. For a complete schedule at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia and Good Samaritan in Mt. Vernon, please click here!
St. Mary's Good Samaritan offeres one of the most comprehensive diabetes programs in southern Illinois. Diabetes Self-Management Education has been shown to lower the Hgb A1C. A lower Hgb A1C in turn, reduces the complications and costs of diabetes mellitus while improving the quality of life for people with diabetes.
Both St. Mary's Hospital and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center have achieved the prestigious American Diabetes Association Recognition status. Participants receive a thorough assessment and programs are then designed to accommodate each person's unique needs and resources. Family and/or significant other involvment and support is highly encouraged.
Ø Our team prorvides education and support fro all types of diabetes including:
- Type 2
- Gestational Diabetes
Ø Our services are provided by a highly trained staff of professionals including a Coordinator/Educator Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) with over twenty years of experience in diabetes education, along with a staff of experienced registered dietitians. The program is under the guidance of an Advisory Board.
Ø We offer a convenient referral process. All services, other than monthly support group programs, require a physician order. Diabetes Self-Management Education accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Self-pay patients may be eligible for financial assistance. Contact Patient Business Services for more information.
For more information on any of the above services, contact the Diabetes Self-Management Education program at (618) 899-2085.