Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital's approach to excellence in diabetes and endocrinology
Diabetes is not like other health problems. It doesn't go away like a cold or the flu. The Diabetes Education Program at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital will give you the information and skills necessary to successfully manage your diabetes. Our program consists of group classes, including individual sessions, dependent upon need. As always, a family member is welcome to attend with you.
A team approach
Good Samaritan takes a team approach to diabetes. While all members of the team are important, the day-to-day management of diabetes is in your hands. Only you know how you feel and what you're willing and able to do. You do the exercise, prepare and eat the foods on your meal plan, take the medicine or inject the insulin, check your blood sugar (glucose) levels, and keep track of the results. And you will be the first to notice any problems. Your health care team depends on you to communicate with them and may consist of:
Primary care physician
Your primary care doctor, who may be a primary care or family practice physician, is who you see for general checkups and when you become ill.
A diabetes nurse educator is a registered nurse (RN) with special training in caring for and educating diabetics. Many are certified. Nurse educators will help you learn the day-to-day aspects of diabetes
A registered dietitian (RD) is trained in nutrition and has passed a national exam. The RD may also be a certified diabetes educator.
Additional team members may include:
- Optometrist or Ophthalmologist
- Social worker
- Exercise physiologist
The self-management skills covered in our program include:
- Eating healthy
- Foot and skin care
- Glucose monitoring
- Lifestyle modification and stress management
- Insulin pump initiation and management
- Medication management
- Physical activity recommendations
- Gestational diabetes management
- Pre-conception counseling
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognizes Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital diabetes education program for consistently meeting the national standards for self-management education.