Diabetes Education Center


Somerset Hospital Diabetes Education Center

More now, that ever before, people with diabetes can live active and healthy lives. Whether you were recently diagnosed with diabetes, or you’ve been living with it for years, staying informed is a key to staying healthy. Somerset Hospital’s Diabetes Education Center is dedicated exclusively to helping people with diabetes become experts in their own care. 

Services

 - Education and support for people with type 1, type 2, gestational and pre-diabetes. 

 - Individual and group educational opportunities.

 - Daytime and evening appointments and classes.

 - An extension to the care provided to you by your physician.

 - Your doctor is kept informed of your participation in diabetes education and your progress toward meeting your healthcare goals.

 - Days, times and meeting locations for services vary, so please call 814.443.5744 in advance to register.

Educational Offerings

Individual Consultation
Work with the Certified Diabetes Educator to address training needs to use diabetes devices, problem-solve and manage medications based on physician-directed protocols.

Group Classes
Through class discussion and hands-on activities, learn survivor skills you need in order to make wise choices about how you live and manage your diabetes.

Medical Nutrition Therapy
Work personally with a registered dietitian to achieve your nutrition / wellness goals. Behavior modification, emotional coping skills and problem-solving strategies will be promoted and supported through a series of counseling and education sessions.
 
Support Group
Allows you the opportunity to exchange information and network with others that are living and coping with diabetes. These groups are open to the public, free of charge.
 
Special Programs
Watch the Somerset Daily American, hospital mailings and the hospital website for topics, days & times.
 
 

Our Coordinator

Elena Gary is the Coordinator of the Somerset Hospital Diabetes Education Center. Elena is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

 Elena earned her Bachelors degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Education from Frostburg State University. Previously she served as a Registered Dietitian with the Conemaugh Diabetes Institute and has over 15 years of experience as a registered dietitian. In addition, Elena is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Dietetic Association.  Patients or physicians needing additional information regarding the Diabetes Education Center, may contact Elena at 443-5744. Referrals may be faxed to 443-5778.
 

Useful Websites

American Association of Diabetes Educators www.diabeteseducator.org
American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention cdc.gov.diabetes
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/
Diabetes Risk Test www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/
Diabetes Health Magazine www.diabeteshealth.com
Diabetic Living www.diabeticlivingonline.com

Somerset Hospital's Diabetes Education Center can support the patient that uses either of the following insulin pumps.  We can provide you education, training and management skills needed to become succssful wearing an insulin pump and managing your diabetes.
Insulin Pump Therapy - Medtronic www.minimed.com
Insulin Pump Therapy - Animas  www.animascorp.com

Somerset Hospital is proud to offer its patients the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring.  This service, using Medtronic iPro Continous Glucose Monitor gives you the patient and your healthcare provider insights not show by fingersticks and A1C testing.  For additional information see www.medtronicdiabetes.com