About one in eight people in Ohio are uninsured and the incidence of Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. Diabetes can cause devastating complications including hearth disease, blindness, kidney failure, and gangrene in the leg and foot leading to amputation. Properly managing this chronic condition and reducing the risk of complications requires time, money, and access to needed resources including education on disease management. This disease presents a heavy burred on those who are uninsured or do not have adequate coverage through their employer.
To provide more affordable diabetes prevention and education information to the public, St. John Medical Center is now offering a Basic Diabetes Skill Class Series. At roughly the cost of co-pay St. John Medical Center is offering an affordable way to gain basic, but important survival level information that is key to managing diabetes on a day-to-day basis. The following is a list of the classes being offered at St. John Medical Center:
Designed for those who do not have diabetes education insurance benefits.
A series of three, one-hour classes, each taught by a diabetes nurse and or/dietitian. Classes may be used as an introduction to pre-diabetes, basic diabetes self care, or as a review.
Call: 440-827-5341. No discount.
Fee: $40.00/three-class series
Classes offered on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Call for more information on availability
This program provides the most thorough, in-depth diabetes information for patients and their families.
Classes provide an effective and interactive learning environment that engages participants in meaningful discussions including the challenges and successes of diabetes management. Comprised of four, one and a half hour session. Offered monthly on Tuesdays as a series of four classes with afternoon and evening hours available.
Individual consultations are available for those needing to learn specific skills necessary to carry out their own diabetes management plan or those who learn best from a one-on-one learning experience. Includes counseling for weight loss and lifestyle modification.
To register for an individual appointment or group classes call the Scheduling service at 440-827-5335. A physician referral is required. We are a Medicare provider.
Charges for group classes and individual instructions will be billed to your insurance provider.
Diabetes is a complex disease to manage day-to-day. The numbers of those diagnosed are increasing at an alarming rate. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it for years, there are steps you can take to lead a healthier life.
The value and importance of ongoing diabetes self-management education cannot be emphasized enough! Often people are not aware of the following reasons or circumstances to seek diabetes education:
Getting accurate information and having access to quality resources can be challenging.
The St. John Medical Center Diabetes Education* Program wants to make this as easy as possible and is committed to increasing awareness and providing current information on managing diabetes.
Since 2002, the program was awarded and has maintained recognition status by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This prestigious certification ensures the diabetes education services occur in a high quality, comprehensive program that meets the nationally established standards.
With a collaborative effort between the patient and the skilled diabetes education team, patients are empowered to take a more active role in their management of diabetes.
The program provides:
January 8, 15, 22, 29 (Days 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
February 5, 12, 19, 26 (Evenings 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.)
March 5, 12, 19, 26 (Days 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
April 9, 16, 23, 30 (Evenings 6:000 - 7:30 p.m.)
May 7, 14, 21, 28 (Days 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Evenings 6:000 - 7:30 p.m.)
July 9, 16, 23, 30 (Days 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
August 6, 13, 20, 27 (Evenings 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.)
September 3, 10, 17, 24 (Days 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
October 8, 15, 22, 29 (Evenings 6:000 - 7:30 p.m.)
November 5, 12, 19, 26 (Days 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.)
December 3, 10, 17 , *31 (Evenings 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.)
Our convenient location allows community members to have all education needs met in one location! Separate consult rooms are available for one-on-one education with an outpatient diabetes nurse educator and a registered dietitian. Large classroom accommodates patient groups of all sizes. Each patient may bring one support person if he or she wishes.
For more information, please call 440-827-5341. We are located at the Westlake Family Health Center, Suite 300 on Detroit Road in Westlake.
Free diabetes support group meetings are held every month (except December and February) from 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Westlake Family Health Center. The meetings focus on a variety of topics often presented by a guest speaker including practical tips for day-to-day living with diabetes, advances in diabetes treatments, and many others. In addition to receiving current and important information, group members enjoy the support, encouragement, and friendship of their peers. No physician referral is needed.
For more information, call 440-827-5341.
7:30 - 9 p.m.
February (No meeting)
July 18th (picnic at SJMC 6:30-8:00pm)
December (No meeting)
Free community education programs on diabetes are offered throughout the year. Spring and fall program offerings are listed in the SJMC community health calendar brochure.