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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 and Prevention.
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 into January.”
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:
“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.
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