Little Company of Mary’s Diabetes Center provides comprehensive outpatient diabetes services to the Southland community and is certified by the American Diabetes Association. Patients with diabetes receive services from two board-certified endocrinologists: a registered nurse and a registered dietitian with certification in diabetes education (CDE). The Center offers treatment, nutrition and medication education, support and glucose monitoring for patients in addition to support services for family members.
Little Company of Mary Hospital is dedicated to bringing diabetes awareness to the community through education. “Knowledge is power and educating patients of the long-term effects of diabetes can significantly improve their quality of life,” said Deborah Murray, RN, CDE, Diabetes Program Coordinator at Little Company of Mary Hospital. “Assisting patients in meal planning, behavior changes, exercise routines, medications, and glucose monitoring will provide them with the necessary tools to make healthier lifestyle choices.”
The American Diabetes Association’s Certificate of Education Recognition is the leading quality assurance mechanism for diabetes self-management education programs across the country. The primary goal of the education recognition is to assure high-quality education that develops and improves patient self-care skills essential to diabetes management.
Programs that are awarded Educational Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable healthcare professionals who provide patients with comprehensive detailed information about diabetes management. The American Diabetes Association recognizes Little Company of Mary’s Diabetes Center as providing patients with the key educational components for diabetes self-management.
In addition, the American Diabetes Association only provides recognition status to diabetes centers across the country that educate their patients on the following topics: diabetes disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medications, monitoring, preventing, detecting, and treating acute complications, preventing, detecting, and treating chronic complications through risk reduction, goal setting and problem solving, psychological adjustment, and preconception care, management during pregnancy, and gestational management.
Diabetes is a growing epidemic. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes. It is estimated that 7 million people are undiagnosed and nearly 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the Unites States.
THERE IS HELP AND EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE
Little Company of Mary’s Comprehensive Outpatient Diabetes Center is available by physician referral for anyone with diabetes. Patients will learn about diabetes self-management, nutrition, meal planning recipes, medication and glucose monitoring, potential risk complications, and the benefits of exercising. Little Company of Mary offers diabetes classes and support groups that meet in the morning and evening at the Hospital and at the Chicago Ridge Mall, inside Little Company of Mary’s Health Education Center, located next to Carson’s. For dates and times, please call the center at 708.229.5629. To subscribe to Little Company of Mary’s Regarding Health newsletter, where you can find healthcare information and current class dates, please visit LCMH.org to sign-up.