Manage Your Condition With Diabetes Education and Support in Staten Island
Although diabetes is a chronic condition, health complications can be effectively managed and reduced through proper diabetes education. At Staten Island University Hospital, our staff includes both adult and pediatric endocrinologists (physicians who specialize in diabetes and hormone disorders) along with certified diabetes educators. Our certified diabetes educators are registered nurses and dieticians who can instruct you on your diabetes self-care and management.
Diabetes Self-Management Program at SIUH
The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) at SIUH is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The core team of certified diabetes educators (CDE) that coordinate and run the program includes Mary Gundersen, RN, CDE, and Marci Kliesch, RD, CDE.
The program offers individualized counseling sessions, group classes, and support groups to address the day-to-day challenges of living with diabetes. These groups cover topics such as medication management; nutrition; exercise and activity; options for improving glucose control; foot, skin and dental care, and problem solving to better manage your diabetes.
Meetings for the diabetes support groups are held in the Diabetes Conference Room at the Regina McGinn Education Center, which is located at the hospital's Ocean Breeze campus in Staten Island, NY.
For more information about diabetes education, support groups, counseling sessions, or classes offered at Staten Island University Hospital, call 718-226-1547.