Diabetes Education at Stephens Memorial Hospital:
Improving the health care outcomes and quality of life for members of our community living with diabetes.
The Diabetes Education Program at Stephens Memorial Hospital is a recognized program by the American Diabetes Association and is staffed by two Certified Diabetes Educators, Doreen Adams, RN, BSN, CDE and Registered Dietician Pat Watson, MS, RD, CDE. Medical Advisor: William L. Medd, M.D.
Diabetes Support Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month in the Harper Conference Center from 6 - 7:00 pm! Come Join Us!
Diabetes Education Classes:
This self-management program offers patients the opportunity to develop or improve their diabetes self-management skills. Educational sessions are offered at least six times per year on various days and at various times. Options include both one-day and multiple-class sessions. A physician referral is required. For questions or more information, please contact the Diabetes Educator at (207) 743-1562, ext. 6057.
The cost for this class is usually covered by Medicare, MaineCare and private insurance.
An insulin pump is a device that people wear to give them insulin 24 hours a day.
We can help you with your insulin pump! If you need assistance with your insulin pump or would like to explore the possibility of getting an insulin pump come see us. Doreen is certified to use three major insulin pumps and can assist you right at SMH, close to home.
Call us to get started, or if you need help adjusting basal rates, we are here to help you!
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
A continuous glucose monitor is a tiny sensor which is inserted under the skin in a painless procedure. Once inserted, it records up to 288 glucose measurements in a 24 hour period. The monitor is not intended for long term or daily use; it is to be used as a way to measure an individual's blood surgar trends in order to determine the best treatment option for that person.
The difference between this monitor and a traditional meter is that the traditional testing only reflects what is occurring at that moment. Continuous glucose monitoring we can measure trends. The trends show an increase or decrease in blood sugar as well as how fast changes occur. It records while you work, play, eat and sleep. These monitors give us important information on what all these functions do to blood sugar levels. After 3-4 days of monitoring, we can fine tune diabetes treatment whether it be changing medications or food intake. "It gives us such valuable information, if I had my way, I would have all diabetics wear it for 3 days." Doreen Adams, RN, BSN, CDE.