Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center

If you have diabetes, naturally, you have a lot of questions. Diabetes Education at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center provides you with useful information and helps you to keep your diabetes under control.

Estimates report that nearly 11 million people have diabetes, the inability to burn up sugars that have been ingested. Fortunately, diabetes can be controlled and you can live a very normal life!

Managing diet is important for those living with diabetes. In the past, a diabetic diet focused only on eliminating sugar. Now, other factors must be considered - such as carbohydrate amounts, types of fats, portion sizes and spacing of meals. An improved diet can help improve diabetes control.

The first step to controlling diabetes is understanding it and knowing the symptoms that could lead to  complications. Knowing this can keep you on alert when symptoms develop. Education is the key to better control.

Diabetes education classes held at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center are led by a nurse and dietitian who are certified diabetes educators. Group sessions, as well as one-on-one sessions, are available. The diabetes education program educates persons living with diabetes on the newest techniques, diets, exercising, therapies and care. Those who have recently been diagnosed can learn how to take better control of their diabetes, which can help prevent complications.

For more information on the diabetes program at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, please contact Diabetes Education at 815.725.7133, ext. 3224. A physician's order is required.

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Diabetes Education Program Earns Re-Accreditation


PSJMC has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This allows the people with Diabetes in and around the Will County area increased access to high quality diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The program is comprehensive and includes individual appointments with a nurse and a dietitian as well as group training sessions.

“The mission of the PSJMC diabetes education program is to empower individuals with diabetes to self-manage their condition by providing comprehensive education and ongoing support. Our dynamic team approach leads to increased diabetes control, preventing or reducing diabetes-related complications, and an improved quality of life,” said Deanna Hoole RN, BSN, Diabetes Program Coordinator.

“AADE’s accreditation assures that an accredited program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Programs who meet this criteria are considered high quality and have been shown to improve the health status of the individuals who embrace the education and help to modify sometimes unhealthy behaviors, or simply provide the education that the person with diabetes has not previously received” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009.”



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