To enroll in this program a physician's referral is required. Have your physician office call to schedule your appointment.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
Do you, or someone you love, have diabetes? If so, take control. The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is for you. Franklin Medical Center’s diabetes education program
has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association. The
program was originally recognized in August of 2001. Year-after-year this program
continues to offer high-quality diabetes education to the patients it services.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. Compliance
with national standards provides greater consistency in the quality and quantity
of education offered to people with diabetes. Participants who attend Franklin Medical Center’s
diabetes program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better
management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. The diabetes education program
covers these topics, as needed:
- Diabetes disease process
- Nutrition management
- Weight management
- Physical activity
- Monitoring blood glucose
- Preventing, detecting, and treating acute complication
- Preventing, detecting, and treating chronic complication through risk reduction
- Goal setting and problem solving
- Psychological adjustment preconception care.
Want to meet some passionate people? If so, the three certified diabetes educators (CDE)
at Franklin Medical Center want you to know about their Diabetes Self Management Education
team. Meet Julie Kephart and Susan White, both Registered Dietitians and CDEs with
over 40 years of experience together. “Years ago, my patients were given a
list and were told only to choose foods from it” says Julie Kephart,
RD, LDN, CDE, “now, we ask our patients what they like to eat and incorporate
it into their individualized meal plan”. Not only that, adds dietitian
Susan White, RD, MS, CDE “we ask when and how they eat, what they do on a
daily basis, and work around their lifestyle”. “It is indeed a
collaborative effort” adds Wendy Blackburn, RN, MS, CDE, “one of
the first things we ask our patients is what their goals are, then use a team approach
tailored to that person…it has got to be a plan that works for them”.
Compassion and Respect for the Community
Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals
of the education recognition program. Having both a recognized program with certified educators reinforces Franklin Medical Center's commitment to provide the
highest-quality comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management Education program to our
community with compassion and respect to each person.