Highland News Leader

Event at St. Joseph’s Hospital to promote diabetes awareness month

Cindy Hartman
Cindy Hartman

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital (Highland) invites local residents to an open house event to learn more about the Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program and other services offered at the hospital for those living with diabetes.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Center for Cardiac Rehab & Wellness (Suite 160, Medical Office Building) at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The DSME Program is an outpatient interactive workshop led by diabetes educators (including registered nurses, dietitian, and pharmacist) for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are interested in learning more about how to manage diabetes and reduce complications.

In addition to the DSME program, attendees can meet with Geoffrey Hill, M.D., ophthalmologist and corneal specialist on staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Cindy Hartman, the hospital’s registered dietitian, to learn more about healthy lifestyle tips in the prevention and reduction of diabetes.

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. St. Joseph’s Hospital is using the month of November as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

Nearly 30 million children and adults in American — or about 9 percent of the U.S. population — have diabetes, and it is estimated that one in every four people with diabetes does not even know they have the disease. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop diabetes.

More information regarding the open house event can be obtained by calling (618) 651-2755.

About the SJH Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

The DSME program is recommended for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, those with uncontrolled blood glucose, individuals wanting updated diabetes management information, and those looking to lower their risk of complications from diabetes.

Participants in the program can expect:

▪ One-on-one counseling with the dietitian (1 hour)

▪ Initial assessment session with the nurse (1 hour)

▪ Four visits of group discussion and review of topics relating to self-managing diabetes to prevent complications (1-2 hours each)

▪ Follow-up visits to offer support and ensure success

Local residents wanting to enroll in the hospital’s DSME program will need a signed physician referral form and visit the Center for Cardiac Rehab & Wellness to meet with staff members.