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Diabetes

Unlike many health conditions, diabetes can be controlled by patients themselves when they understand and practice proper medical management and lifestyle strategies.

The Steward® Diabetes Education Program at Saint Anne's Hospital provides comprehensive education and support for participants and their families. From diet and exercise information to medication and glucose monitoring, Saint Anne's specially-trained health professionals partner with participants to help them learn to self-manage their diabetes and decrease the risk of future complications.

Nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association, the Steward Diabetes Education Program's certified diabetes nurse educator and registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator provide the following services to participants and their families:

  • Individualized assessment by a certified diabetes educator
  • Instruction in self blood glucose monitoring and insulin administration
  • Nutrition assessment and recommendations by a registered dietitian/certified diabetes educator
  • Small group or individual classes that cover such topics as healthy eating, activity and medication in glucose control, the emotional component of living with diabetes, travel planning, dining out, food preparation and, problem-solving
  • Follow-up telephone calls and office visits
  • Individualized nutrition and nurse consultations
  • Monthly diabetes education and support groups

Referral

A physician referral is required for diabetes outpatient services. 

Insurance

Most health insurance plans cover all or at least a portion of this service. For those without insurance or whose coverage is insufficient, special payment arrangements can be made. 

Interpreter Services

As with all hospital services, interpreters (any language) for non-English-speaking patients are available.  Please call 508-674-5600, ext. 2455.

Additional resources for patients with diabetes

  • To view video presentations of diabetes prevention and management strategies as taught by Saint Anne's certified diabetes educators, Rose Couto, RN, CDE, and Laurie Hammontree, RD, LDN, CDE, click the following: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV.  (Courtesy of Health City Fall River/David S. Weed, Psy.D.)  
  • The Center for Wound Healing at Saint Anne's Hospital. Call 508-235-5229.

Steward Diabetes Education Program
Saint Anne's Hospital 
795 Middle Street
Fall River, MA 02721
508-674-5600, ext. 2490

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