Our diabetes team is dedicated to providing you with the best education possible to help you manage your diabetes - or to prevent diabetes. Our services cover the continuum of diabetes, from pre-diabetes to diabetes basics to managing the disease as it progresses. We focus on:
- Providing individual attention that targets each person's circumstances and needs
- Teaching practical skills so you can control and manage your diabetes
- Interactive learning, with classes led by our experienced, certified diabetes educators
Community Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its advanced inpatient diabetes care, one of only a handful of hospitals in California to achieve the distinction. The certification recognizes exceptional efforts to provide diabetes education for staff and patients and their families; monitor blood glucose and treats abnormally high or low levels; and collect related data. An inpatient diabetes coordinator oversees the program.
Our outpatient program is certified as a Recognized Diabetes Education Program by the American Diabetes Association for meeting national standards of excellence in diabetes education. Because of that recognition, Medicare and most insurance companies pay for education for those diagnosed with diabetes.
Program components include:
The program provides education in diabetes self-management for individuals and families who live with diabetes. Classes and appointments are scheduled based on individual needs. Doctor's referral is required.
This California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program offers education for pregnant women who have diabetes. Preconception consultations for women with diabetes are also available. 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 a pump. Doctor's referral is required.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)
This system gathers in-depth glucose information for three consecutive days, facilitating the management of diabetes. Doctor's referral is required.
Morbid obesity puts a person at risk for heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, and depression. If you meet certain requirements and all your attempts at serious weight reduction have failed, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, which can help you lose weight, be more active, and regain your health.
The Community Hospital Diabetes Program offers three classes for patients with pre-diabetes. All classes are taught by certified diabetes educators.
Stop Diabetes Before It Starts – This four-session program outlines the five behavior changes needed to prevent diabetes.
Tune-Up – In this follow-up to Stop Diabetes Before it Starts, you will review food diaries, gathers tips and support, set new goals, and obtain information on the latest updates on managing diabetes.
Blood Sugar Testing and Carbohydrate Counting – Learn self-monitoring of blood glucose and how to count carbohydrates. Blood sugar monitor is provided free of charge. We strongly recommend you take Stop Diabetes Before it Starts prior to taking this class.
A doctor's referral is not required for these three classes. Call (831) 649-7220 for fee information. Classes may be covered by insurance - check with your carrier.
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.