SOMC to Offer Diabetes Self-Management Class

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a five-week Diabetes Self-Management Education Program for community members with type 1 or type 2 diabetes beginning Jan. 9.

“We listened to feedback from our previous class participants and have implemented options that should make it easier to attend our educational sessions,” Tiffany Hadsell, RN, diabetes clinical educator at SOMC, said. “The class will meet for an hour once a week at various times and locations, giving our participants the opportunity to pick the sessions that best suit their busy schedules.”

The five-week program will begin Jan. 9 and end Feb. 6. Participants may choose to attend the hour-long class at one of four weekly times and locations including: 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays in the Gibson Building on the SOMC East Campus; 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays at the SOMC Lucasville Life Center; 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays in the Gibson Building on the SOMC East Campus; and 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the SOMC Wheelersburg Rehabilitation Facility.

“Throughout the course, we will discuss diabetes complications, nutrition, monitoring, sick days, foot care, emotions and medications,” Hadsell added. “There’s so much education that goes along with diabetes and we want to make it as accessible as possible to help people better manage their daily lives. We hope this program will help.”

A physician referral is required to participate in the program and can be faxed to the SOMC Central Scheduling Department at 740-353-1363 or called in at 740-356-8128.

A fee is also associated with the program, but is usually covered by most insurance plans. For billing questions, please call 740-356-8182. For any additional information, please call the SOMC Diabetes Education Office at 740-356-2627.