Published: 10/31/2013

Evangelical Offers Support To Empower Those Impacted by Diabetes

Evangelical Community Hospital offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group in an effort to bring attention to the issues surrounding diabetes and educating those who are impacted by the disease.
 
The next scheduled Diabetes Support Group will be held Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 6 pm, at Evangelical’s Community Health and Wellness Center located at 7095 West Branch Highway, Lewisburg.
 
Presented by Karen Simeone, RN, MSN, CDE, the group discussion will highlight Medication Options for People with Diabetes. As medical professionals learn more about the disease, more options are available for patients including the introduction of new classifications of medications beyond insulin and “sugar pills.” Support group sessions help patients be empowered and informed healthcare consumers allowing them to better talk with doctors about the condition and medications associated with diabetes.
 
This free support group is open to the public and geared toward people living with diabetes and the family and friends who support them. There will be a general information session with time built-in for discussion and questions. No registration is required.
 
November is American Diabetes Month bringing a focus to the nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States who currently have the disease and the other 79 million Americans who have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The month is meant to raise awareness to the ever-growing frequency of the disease and how we as a nation can educate and work together to stop diabetes.
 
In addition to the regularly scheduled support group, Evangelical Community Hospital offers a variety of services for those living with diabetes or at risk for developing diabetes. They include one-on-one outpatient education sessions, ambulatory insulin program, group outpatients education classes, home blood glucose monitoring instructions, dietary management, counseling for gestational diabetes, community groups, and insulin pump program.
 
For more information on the diabetes services at Evangelical Community Hospital, call (570) 522-2893.
 
Evangelical Community Hospital received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year, making it one of two hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized for consistent, positive patient experience.
 
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.

 

An Evangelical Community Health and Wellness staff member tests blood sugar levels at one of the many free screenings they hold throughout the year. Regular testing of levels is essential for those diagnosed with diabetes.