If you have diabetes, you should work in partnership with your healthcare provider on ways to manage this chronic illness in the best way possible. This will help you to feel your best and lower your risk of complications. It is you, the patient, who will be managing your diabetes on a day-to-day basis.
Recognized for Excellence
The Health Education Center at Robinson Memorial Hospital has an innovative program devoted to educating, monitoring and supporting patients in the self-management of their diabetes. Our Diabetes Care and Education Center, located in the Robinson Professional Center on the main campus of Robinson Memorial Hospital, has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. It is staffed by a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian who are experts in diabetes. Our instructors will provide you with the latest information about your illness and answer your questions. They offer help to those with a longstanding diagnosis of diabetes who need improved blood sugar control or to people who are newly diagnosed who want to learn how to live a healthy life with diabetes. Each of our instructors is specially trained and certified by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.
Diabetes Education Program
A physician referral is required in order to be seen in Robinson's Diabetes Care and Education Center. If you are interested, check with your physician. Education can be the key to controlling your illness and living a healthy, happy life. Let the experts at Robinson Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Care and Education Center teach you the facts about diabetes.
About the sessions
After an initial assessment, patients attend individual and group sessions. The focus of our program is on adults with diabetes who are using meal planning and/or medication to keep their blood sugar controlled. After the program's conclusion, a follow-up phone call will be made to check on your progress.
What does the program teach?
- General information about diabetes
- How to manage blood sugar levels that are too high or too low
- Diabetes medications
- Diet: food exchanges, counting carbohydrates, meal planning, dining out and reading food labels
- Long-term management skills
- General hygiene, skin and foot care
- Prevention of diabetes-related complications
- Adjustments you may need to make when you have a minor illness
- Community and health care resources
- Benefits of increasing your physical activity
- Home blood glucose monitoring and interpreting blood glucose results
- Daily living concerns and family involvement
- Benefits and responsibilities of care
We encourage you to bring a family member or friend with you to class. This friend or family member can then help support and encourage you in better managing your diabetes.
Center's payment plan
Robinson's Diabetes Care and Education Center will bill directly to all health insurance companies including Medicare and Medicaid. The Maxine Lyman Diabetes Scholarship Fund is available to patients with a demonstrated inability to pay.
For more information, call the Diabetes Care and Education Center at (330) 297-2552.