A Southampton Hospital educational program designed to enable those living with diabetes to safely and effectively self-manage their disease has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association.
The program, which has been in operation for the past decade but was recently overhauled by Janet O’Grady, the medical center’s certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, to include a monthly seminar, was also certified to meet the national standards for proper education through August 2017.
“Like any certification, the most important thing is this will ensure quality care for our patients,” said Southampton Hospital Public Affairs Director Marsha Kenny, who noted that 1.8 million people are diagnosed with diabetes each year. “It gives people a level of comfort that we run a quality program and provide them with what they need.”
The free monthly class, called “Living with Diabetes,” is offered at noon on the last Wednesday of each month in the hospital’s Wellness Institute. The seminar tries to promote a curriculum based on eating right, the correct use of insulin and other medications, and the monitoring and managing of blood glucose. It also tries to teach attendees to recognize the signs of chronic complications.
The class often features experts and guest speakers, and attendees are also eligible to receive counseling from Ms. O’Grady.
Those interested in attending the class should call (631) 726-8800.
BRANDON B. QUINN