Diabetes Education

Coffey Health System Offers Classes for Managing Diabetes

Coffey Health System has good news about diabetes: people who keep their blood glucose as close to normal as possible in the early years after they are diagnosed have fewer problems with their eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and fewer heart attacks later in life. Karen Neilsen RN

Across the nation, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has risen from 1.5 million in 1958 to 17.9 million in 2007, an increase of epidemic proportions. To better serve the increasing number of diabetic patients throughout east-central Kansas, Coffey County Hospital has added a diabetes education program, including a fulltime certified diabetes educator. Karen Nielsen, R.N. brings more than twenty years experience in diabetic patient care.

This is important news for our patients and their families,” said CHS Chief of Staff John Shell. “Diabetes is a serious disease. Managing the condition is not easy, but the benefits are well worth the effort. People need to work to keep their blood glucose as close to normal as is safe for them, what is called their target range, to reduce their chance of serious health problems.”

Making a plan can be the first step to managing diabetes. In consultation with their physician and healthcare team, patients should determine a safe and realistic plan to control blood sugar levels. For example, a plan focused on making better food choices might be to skip second helpings, drink water rather than soda or fruit juice, choose fruits or vegetables as a snack, and make an appointment to see a dietitian.

Nielsen provides inpatient and outpatient education and glucometer training; works directly with dietary services; and visits all CHS clinic locations. Education begins on an individual basis, then includes group classes. To schedule an appointment with Nielsen, patients may call their nearby CHS clinic in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, or Yates Center.

Two-day classes are available monthly.  A physician referral must be obtained and an initial assessment conducted prior to enrollment in the group class. To arrange an assessment, contact Karen Nielsen at (620) 364-2121, Ext. 4186.

2014 classes

January 14 & 15

March 11 & 12

May 13 & 14

July 8 & 9

September 9 & 10

November 18 & 19