Good Samaritan Hospital Helps People With Diabetes Live Better
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s diabetes self-management educational program earned continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for providing high-quality education services, meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self- Management Education Programs.
“Diabetes is a patient participation disease. Patients are making decisions every day about their meals, activities and medications. Therefore, they need to understand diabetes in order to make sound decisions to help them maintain optimal blood glucose control,” said Good Samaritan Hospital Program Coordinator for Diabetes Care Ellen Chowdhury, RN, CDE.
The Diabetes Care Center provides comprehensive, outpatient education for people with diabetes and their families. The goal of this program is to provide patients with the necessary information, skills and tools with which to successfully manage their diabetes, thereby reducing the risks for long- term complications.
The center maintains the highest quality diabetes education program by employing a multidisciplinary staff of registered nurses and registered dietitians, all of whom are certified diabetes educators. Each patient’s unique educational needs are assessed by the team at a pre-program interview. An educational plan is developed based on each patient’s relevant medical history, current diabetes status and the patient’s individual goals. Successful self-management of diabetes requires a collaborative effort on the part of the patient, the physician and the educator. The goal is to assist the physicians in their efforts to treat diabetes by providing self-management education to their patients.
For additional information on Good Samaritan’s Diabetes Care Program, please call (631) 376-4444 or visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.