The primary purpose of the Diabetes Outreach Education Program is to teach patients with diabetes how to better manage their disease. The goal of the project is to improve patients’ blood glucose control by self-glucose monitoring. The objectives are to help patients with diabetes increase their knowledge about diabetes and change behavior related to diabetes management.
The Novo Nordisk grant will allow Metro Health to hold 208 educational sessions. Each session will consist of approximately two hours of education, for a total of ten hours per patient. Certified diabetes educators who are also registered nurses or registered dietitians will teach all educational sessions.
The sessions will cover:
• Daily self-management
• Factors that influence blood glucose
• Diabetes medications
• Insulin training
• Signs and symptoms that occur with the treatment of hyper- and hypoglycemia
• Self-monitoring of blood glucose
• Risk and prevention of long-term complications
• Dietary guidelines
• Restaurant eating
• Individualized meal plans for each participant
Metro Health expects to serve 1,387 patients with outpatient sessions, a 25 percent increase in those served last year.
About Metro Health Hospital Foundation
The Metro Health Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy. The Foundation’s support of Metro Health Hospital, a 100 Top Hospital for the third consecutive year, allows individuals, organizations and businesses to contribute funds that prevent catastrophic illnesses, provide life-saving education and screenings, improve overall patient care and fund a wide variety of programs and services. For more information, visit http://www.metrohealth.net/