According to the American Diabetes Association nearly 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the Untied States, and in Kansas 8% of the population is diabetic. At 11.1 % of the population, Harper County has more diabetic patients by percentage than the state of Kansas. With the number of diabetics increasing annually, it is important to stay educated on the disease and learn how to manage it.
To help educate diabetic patients, Anthony Medical Center (AMC) and the Hutchinson Clinic are teaming up to provide an educational seminar to help reach their diabetic patients management goals. The diabetes educational team will assist with developing a tailored treatment plan for each patient. “Once a patient is diagnosed with diabetes, it becomes imperative that they learn how to design a specific plan for themselves and how to implement that plan,” said Cyndi Ireland, AMC Outpatient Specialty Clinic Nurse Supervisor.
The class being held on November 13th at AMC in the education center, is a six-hour event that will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. AMC will be providing lunch to all attendees. The program has a charge that is covered by most insurance companies and Medicare. “Diabetes is not a simple disease, it takes time and effort to manage it and is not a road to be traveled alone,” said Ireland. For that reason, each participant of the class may also bring one guest, free of charge.
Take ownership of your diabetes today. Talk to your physician for a referral and make the choice to meet your diabetic goals. If you would like to find out more about the class, call Cyndi Ireland at the Anthony Medical Center Outpatient Specialty Clinic at 620-842-5706.