Lions Club Diabetes Center at JMH
Newly diagnosed with diabetes?
Pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes?
A1C greater than 8-percent?
No formal education on living with diabetes?
Struggling with Healthy Meal Planning for diabetics?
If you have diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to manage your disease. Healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring your condition, taking medication and reducing your risk for complications are part of your daily routine. At times, all of this might seem overwhelming. Adding a diabetes educator to your healthcare team makes managing your diabetes easier. The Educator will work with you to develop a plan to stay healthy, giving you the tools and ongoing support to make that plan a daily routine. .
Certified by the American Diabetes Association, the Diabetes Center is a collaboration between the Wellsville Lions Club and Jones Memorial Hospital.
The services available at the Diabetes Center at JMH include:
PATIENT EDUCATION: Diabetes education is a recognized part of your diabetes care and is covered by Medicare and most health insurance plans when it is offered through an accredited diabetes education program. The Diabetes Center at Jones Memorial Hospital is staffed by Erika Zerkowski, MS, RD, CDE, CDN, CDE. The Diabetes Center is available Monday through Friday, with flexible hours to accommodate patient needs. For a referral to the Diabetes Center, talk to your primary care provider or call the center at (585) 596-4035.
POINT OF CARE TESTING for A1C and Lipid Profile: A Point of Care visit includes monitoring the patient’s feet, weight, blood pressure and pulse. During this time, counseling can be done in areas where the patient may need help in bringing their glucose into target range and lowering their lipids. The results of all tests are in the patient’s hand before they leave and a copy, with the results and recommendations, is sent to the provider to have for the patient’s next visit.
SELF MANAGEMENT CLASSES: The Diabetes Center offers diabetes self-management classes throughout the year. Patients are also seen for individual counseling. Topics discussed at the self-management classes include Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks, and Healthy Coping. For the next session of classes, email the Diabetes Center!
To find out what the Lions Club Diabetes Center can do for you, talk to your health care provider or call Erika Zerkowski at (585) 596-4035!