Arlington Memorial Hospital Addresses Need For Diabetes Care With New Center|
ARLINGTON, Texas — In the last 10 years, the number of Americans diagnosed with
diabetes has almost doubled, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control
Closer to home, the 2007 Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Community Health Checkup
indicates that diabetes is one of the top three health issues faced by Tarrant County
residents and that more education for this chronic disease is called for.
To meet this need in the Arlington community, Arlington Memorial Hospital recently opened
the Center for Diabetes Self-Management Education. The center provides in-depth,
individualized education to persons with diabetes and pre-diabetes.
“In 2007, our hospital saw more than 4,500 patients with diabetes,” said Bette
Akpan, R.N., M.S., coordinator of the hospital’s diabetes center. “There is such
a huge need for this in our community that our intake appointments are already booked well
The Arlington Memorial Hospital Center for Diabetes Self-Management Education follows the
standards of care established by the American Diabetes Association. After being referred to
the program by his or her physician, each new patient receives an extensive assessment of
their educational needs.
Depending on individual needs, patients then attend group and/or individualized educational
sessions held over a period of weeks. The sessions are led by nurses and registered
dieticians, and include information on:
- Nutrition and physical activity
- Disease process and treatment options
- Glucose monitoring
- Medication use
- Preventing, identifying and treating complications
- Promoting healthy changes
“We’re working with our patients to develop individualized education plans for
them so we can provide them with the education and support they need to control their
diabetes,” Akpan said. “Patients with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes,
as well as pre-diabetes, may all participate in our program.”
For more information on the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Arlington Memorial
Hospital, please call 817-960-6025.
About Arlington Memorial Hospital
Arlington Memorial Hospital, soon to be Texas
Health Arlington Memorial, is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving
Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. Services include comprehensive cardiac
care, an electrophysiology lab, women’s services, orthopedics, GI, an advanced imaging
center, extensive rehabilitation services, emergency services, health maintenance and
disease prevention classes, support groups, and community service programs.
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery
systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served.
THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial
Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a
corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more
information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.