Our team is dedicated to helping you manage -- or prevent -- diabetes. We focus on:
- Providing personalized care
- Teaching practical skills so you can control and manage your diabetes
- Interactive learning, with classes led by our experienced, certified diabetes educators
Community Hospital was one of the first California hospitals to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for advanced inpatient diabetes care. The certification recognizes exceptional efforts to provide diabetes education for staff and patients and their families; monitor blood glucose and treat abnormally high or low levels; and collect related data.
Our outpatient program is certified as a Recognized Diabetes Education Program by the American Diabetes Association. Because of that recognition, Medicare and most insurance companies pay for education for those diagnosed with diabetes.
Program components include:
Diabetes Prevention Program
If you are considered pre-diabetic, Community Hospital can help you change course with our Diabetes Prevention Program. Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control, this program has shown success in helping people avoid or delay type 2 diabetes. It includes:
- group sessions for 16 weeks, followed by 8 monthly meetings
- lifestyle coaching for healthy eating, exercise and weight loss
- Goals pursued safely and gradually
A doctor's referral is required for insurance reimbursement. To find out whether you meet the program's criteria, call (831) 649-7220.
Diabetes Basics Program
This program provides education in diabetes self-management for individuals and families with diabetes. Classes and appointments are scheduled based on individual needs. Doctor's referral is required.
This California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program provides nutrition therapy and education for pregnant women who have diabetes. Doctor's referral is required.
Insulin Pump Program
This program is available for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who are interested in using an insulin pump, or are currently using one. Doctor's referral is required.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
A glucose monitoring system gathers in-depth blood sugar information for three consecutive days, facilitating the management of diabetes. Doctor's referral is required.
Your diabetes team
Doctor – Your own doctor will continue to oversee your care as you work with the diabetes team at Community Hospital.
Registered nurse – Teaches self-management skills needed to reach your ideal glucose goals.
Registered dietitian – Teaches how food affects blood glucose levels and provides nutrition therapy to help you reach your health goals.
Social worker – Available to help you identify community resources and other assistance.
We have certified diabetes educators who are fluent in Spanish, Tagalog, French, Japanese, and Arabic languages. Learn more about the diabetes program staff at Community Hospital.
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