HRH Offers Diabetes Management through ADA-Certified Care Team
April 02, 2010
Holy Rosary Healthcare is home to a certified diabetes care team through the American Diabetes Association. Team members Liane Vadheim, RD, CDE, Joy Huber, APRN-C, Ellen Swenson, RN, and volunteer Bette Jewell provide care, manage the education, patient tracking, and care aspects of the program, and assist people in managing the disease.
Diabetes continues to be a leading health problem for many Americans. Latest figures show that there are 23.6 million Americans with diabetes and another 57 million adults have pre-diabetes. Diabetes carries with it a number of serious complications, including kidney failure, blindness, amputation and even death. The key to reducing risk of these complications is in effective self-management.
The Holy Rosary Healthcare Diabetes Care Team offers both inpatient and outpatient services to help patients of all ages manage their diabetes. Many times, individuals learn of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a risk for heart disease through a screening or health fair, or some other health concern and may be told that they also have a risk for diabetes. People exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms are encouraged to contact the team for an initial consultation:
- frequent urination
- unusual thirst
- extreme hunger
- unusual weight loss
- extreme fatigue
- frequent infections
- blurred vision
- cuts/bruises/sores that are slow to heal
- tingling/numbness in the hands or feet
- recurring skin, gum or bladder infections
The multi-disciplinary diabetes care team works closely with additional health professionals specializing in physical therapy, pharmacy, podiatry (foot care), wound care, and stress and mental health counselors to provide specialized care tailored to each patient. As part of our team approach, the patient's primary healthcare provider remains involved in any treatment provided.
Whether an individual is diagnosed with diabetes or is at risk for developing the disease, our specialists will help him/her develop an individualized treatment plan that may include education, diet management, insulin instruction and regular health maintenance.
Newly diagnosed patients, as well as those having difficulty controlling their diabetes, may be admitted for hands-on instruction to learn self-management. Instruction may include medication administration (insulin instruction), blood sugar testing for home use, prevention of diabetes-related problems, nutrition and meal planning, foot care, exercise benefits and precautions, and stress management.
To learn more about the Diabetes Care Team, obtain referral forms, or to contact the team for an appointment, please call the program directly at 233-3092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.