Caren Bryant, RN CDE
Sara Lopinski, MS, RD, LDN
Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose or blood sugar. When you have diabetes, your body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use its own insulin effectively. Glucose then builds up in your blood and causes a condition, that if uncontrolled, can lead to serious health complications and even death.
If you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or have pre-diabetes, your best defense is education, and SIU HealthCare Endocrinology is prepared to offer education and support to you and your family. The goal is for you to learn about diabetes management and then assist you in developing your own self management skills. You are in charge of your health!
Diabetes U is our diabetes education and support program. Our program consists of the following:
To enroll in Diabetes U, you need a referral from your primary care physician or your endocrinologist. If you are already a patient with SIU Healthcare, our staff will handle getting a referral from your physician. However, you do not need to be a patient of SIU Healthcare to participate in our program.
If you are not a patient of SIU Healthcare, then you need to request a referral for diabetes self-management education from your own physician. Your first appointment is scheduled with the Registered Dietitian in Endocrinology by calling the SIU Healthcare Call Center at 217.545.8000.
Diabetes U is located on the Lower Level of the SIU Clinics building conveniently located at 751 N. Rutledge, Room 0300, Springfield, IL. Parking is available just west of the Baylis and SIU Clinics building in an attached parking ramp. Enter the ramp off Miller Street. If you park on the lower level of the ramp, you will enter the building on the same level as the Endocrinology Clinic. Turn to the left to enter the SIU Clinics building.
You may be wondering about the cost of the Diabetes U program. Medicare and some private insurance companies cover the program charges. It would be best for you to call your private insurer and ask if your plan covers diabetes self management education. Medicaid does not cover program fees. If you do not have a covered benefit, a self-pay option is available.
Diabetes U holds Education Program Recognition by the American Diabetes Association, the largest and most widely known organization in the field of diabetes and one of only two deemed bodies as National Accrediting Organization of DSMT programs by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This means Diabetes U offers quality diabetes self-management education services that meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. This also means the program meets criteria for Medicare reimbursement.
We look forward to having you participate in Diabetes U in the future! For questions or more information, please contact Sara Lopinski @ 217.545.7985 or firstname.lastname@example.org