Diabetes Education Program

About one in eight people in Ohio are uninsured and the incidence of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. Diabetes can cause devastating complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and gangrene in the leg and foot leading to amputation. Properly managing this chronic condition and reducing the risk of complications requires time, money and access to needed resources including education on disease management. This disease presents a heavy burden on those who are uninsured or do not have adequate coverage through their employer.

Working together to improve the wellness of people with diabetes and prevent diabetes in those at risk, this program provides the most thorough, in-depth diabetes information for patients and their families.

Diabetes Education Class Series

Classes provide an effective and interactive learning environment that engages participants in meaningful discussions including the challenges and successes of diabetes management. Compromised of four, one and half hour session. Offered monthly on Tuesdays as a series of four classes with evening hours available.

Individual Diabetes Education Appointments

Individual consultations are available for those needing to learn specific skills necessary to carry out their own diabetes management plan or those who learn best from a one-on-one learning experience. Includes counseling for weight loss and lifestyle modification.

To register for an individual appointment or group classes call the Scheduling service at 440-827-5335. A physician referral is required. We are a Medicare provider.

Charges for group classes and individual instructions will be billed to your insurance provider. If you lack insurance coverage for diabetes education, you may still be able to receive services free or at a reduced rate if you qualify.

Diabetes Today

Diabetes is a complex disease to manage day-to-day. The numbers of those diagnosed are increasing at an alarming rate. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it for year, there are steps you can take to lead a healthier life.

The value and importance of ongoing diabetes self-management education cannot be emphasized enough. Often people are not aware of the following reasons or circumstances to seek diabetes education:

  • Not all diabetes-related problems have symptoms or warning signs; therefore, what you don't know can hurt you.
  • The natural progression of diabetes can make it more difficult to manage over time as the body makes less and less insulin, as in type 2 diabetes.
  • When previous blood sugar control methods stop working or there are changes in eating habits, weight, medications, and/or exercise regimens.
  • Blood sugar management is not the only focus in reducing the risk for complications; it is about blood pressure and cholesterol as well.

The Program

Getting accurate information and having access to quality resources can be challenging.

The University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Diabetes Education Program wants to make this as easy as possible and is committed to increasing awareness and providing current information on managing diabetes.

Since 2002, the program was awarded and has maintained recognition status by the American Diabetes Association (ADA); This prestigious certification ensures the diabetes education services occur in a high quality, comprehensive program that meets the nationally established standards.

With a collaborative effort between the patient and the skilled diabetes education team, patients are empowered to take a more active role in their management of diabetes.

The program provides:

  • Comprehensive, convenient diabetes care provided through individual consultations, group education classes, support group meetings and special community education programs. 
  • A registered dietitian provides easy tips for health eating. The dietitian work with patients to design a meal plan that is right for them. Other nutritional services include weight loss, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes instruction.
  • Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered nurse teach specific skills such as blood glucose monitoring and insulin administration.

The program is design to help you learn:

  • Healthy weight achievement and goal setting
  • How to plan meals
  • Healthy blood glucose levels through monitoring
  • How to read food labels
  • Individualized nutrition plan
  • How to take care of feet
  • Exercise tips and setting goals
  • Best ways to prevent complications
  • Planning ahead in case you hrt sick or when traveling
  • Connections to ongoing support to maintain health and community resources
  • A physician referral is required for individual and class diabetes education.
  • Patients are encouraged to check their insurance coverage to see if they have this benefit. If not, services are available at a cost.

Easily Accessible Location

Our convenient location allows community members to have all education needs met in one location. Separate consult rooms are available for one-on-one education with an outpatient diabetes nurse educator and a registered dietitian. Large classroom accommodates patient groups of all sized. Each patient may bring one support person if he or she wishes.

For more information, please call 440-827-5341. Individualized appointments meet on the 1st floor of the Westlake Family Health Center.

Group classes meet on the 3rd floor of the Westlake Family Health Center.

All diabetes education and classes meet at the Westlake Family Health Center not UH St. John Medical Center.

We are located at the Westlake Family Health Center, Suite 100 on Detroit Road in Westlake. Classes are held in Suite 300.

DeAna Rodriguez, RN, BSN, CDE
Coordinator, Diabetes Education Program

UH St. John Medical Center
Westlake Family Health Center
26908 Detroit Road, Suite 100
Westlake, OH 44145
Phone: 440-827-5341 ext. 1
Fax: 440-250-5341

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