& Queen Anne's Hospital
Hospital's Diabetes Program Recognized
Queen Anne's Hospital's diabetes self-management education program,
Living with Diabetes, has been awarded a Recognition Certificate from
the American Diabetes Association. This means that the program meets
standards developed by the National Diabetes Advisory Board and it
assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality
Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable
health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive
information about diabetes management. The four-year-old program is
designed to help diabetics learn to control their blood sugar and
minimize the potentially severe complications of diabetes. It has
something to offer both newly diagnosed diabetics and those who have
been living with the disease for years.
Barbara McDanolds, RN, a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), coordinates
and teaches the program. Dietitians Cheyrle Borneman, RD, and Mary
Schmitt, RD, both CDEs, teach part of the class along with other health
"Learning to control the factors that influence blood sugar is
crucial to avoiding the serious complications that can be caused by
diabetes," Barbara explains. "This program helps patients
understand how diet, stress and physical activity can affect their
body chemistry and what steps can be taken to control these factors."
An individual can have diabetes for years without having symptoms.
The warning signs of diabetes are: excessive thirst, frequent urination,
weakness or fatigue, a tingling or numbness in the legs, feet or fingers,
slow healing of cuts, changing in vision or blurry vision, itchy skin
and/or frequent skin infections. Diabetes is a serious, chronic disease
that can be controlled but not cured.
The cost of the six-week program is $175 and includes educational
materials, a personal dietary consultation with a registered dietitian
and a shopping tour of a local supermarket to learn about product
selection. Medicare and some insurance companies may cover the cost
of the program with a doctor's referral so interested participants
should check with their physician and insurance provider to confirm
coverage. The next session begins February 14. For more information
call (410) 778-3300, ext. 2175.
to make healthy food choices and understanding food portion sizes
are an important part of the curriculum for Kent & Queen Anne's
Hospital's "Living with Diabetes" self-management education
program. The local program has been awarded a Recognition Certificate
from the American Diabetes Association. Education programs applying
for Recognition voluntarily submit to a rigorous review process by
experts in the field of diabetes who evaluate the program on its ability
to provide patients with a comprehensive individualized education
Discussing food portions are (from the left) Mary Schmitt, RD,
Barbara McDanolds, RN, and Cheyrle Borneman, RD, all Certified
Diabetes Educators (CDE), who teach the program along with other
health care professionals.