Diabetes Education Program | 360-814-8329
Skagit Regional Health offers a comprehensive education program for adults with diabetes, either newly diagnosed or for those patients needing extra guidance with diabetes control at both Skagit Valley Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital.
A referral is required from your physician and insurance company that includes clinical information about your diabetes. The program is covered by most insurance companies.Patients that are not covered by insurance may self-refer; you may qualify for sliding scale payments. Referrals should be faxed to 360-814-5515 for Skagit Valley Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital. Our hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Skagit Regional Health’s Diabetic Education Program is certified by the American Diabetes Association and recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Watch a video to learn more about the diabetes education program and hear from a program participant about his experience.
For other questions, or more information about the program, call our Diabetes Education Scheduler at 360-814-8329.
The program includes group education classes, a one-on-one appointment with a dietitian, and a three-month follow-up group class.
The Diabetes Education classes include the following topics:
- Diabetes knowledge
- Meal planning
- Physical activity
- Monitoring blood glucose
- Medication management
- Insulin management
- Risk reduction
- Coping and problem solving
All classes are taught in English. Non-English speaking patients will be provided education in individual sessions utilizing medical interpreters.
Program instructors include registered nurses, registered dietitians, a pharmacist, a certified physician assistant, and certified diabetes educators. Geoffrey Spielmann, MD, Hospitalist, serves as Medical Director for the program.
Did you know?
- Most insurance plans will cover up to 10 hours of diabetes education in a 12-month period.
- In addition, your insurance plan may authorize three additional hours of medical nutrition therapy during the same 12-month period, with two additional hours every year thereafter. Medical Nutrition Therapy is taught by a registered dietitian.
- A physician referral is required. The referral form is located on the “Patient Forms” link below. Print it out and ask your physician to fill it out and fax it to the program coordinator for scheduling.
- The program offers group classes and individual counseling to help you gain better control of your health.
Print out the following referral forms (PDF) and fax to 360-814-5515.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)
Management of diabetes involves maintaining blood glucose levels close to the normal range. Standard methods for glucose testing currently include self-monitoring of blood glucose and laboratory testing of HbA1c to measure longer term glycemic control.
Continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMS) were developed to gain a more complete picture of blood glucose levels. These systems monitor interstitial glucose levels every five minutes, or 288 times per day. A small sensor, worn in the abdominal area, measures and stores data for four to five days. The data provides important information about glucose trends throughout the day and night to help the patient and provider optimize control of their glucose levels for improved health.
A referral is required from your physician and insurance company that includes clinical information about your diabetes. The CGM program is covered by most insurance companies. Patients not covered by insurance may self-refer; you may qualify for sliding scale payments. Referrals should be faxed to 360-814-5515. Our hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Watch this video to learn more about the Continuous Glucose Monitoring System.
Gestational Diabetes Program
Gestational diabetes affects approximately 7-14 percent of all pregnant women. Careful control of blood sugar and weight is important to prevent complications for both mother and baby.
Skagit Valley Hospital offers a referral-based education program to improve gestational diabetes self-management skills. Our highly trained and dedicated diabetes education team provides participants with the skills to manage their blood sugar through healthy eating, stress management, increased activity, and blood glucose monitoring. The program offers a one-hour group class plus individual nutrition therapy appointments.
For more information please contact our Diabetes Education Program at 360-814-8329.
Download our Gestational Diabetes Program Brochure.
Skagit Regional Health
Diabetes Education Program
1415 E. Kincaid
Mount Vernon, WA 98273-1376
Patient parking in lots P1 and P7 at the southwest side of the hospital. Enter through the Kincaid entrance at the south end of the hospital. Proceed past the elevators and take the first left. At the next bank of elevators, turn right and take the first hallway left to Rehabilitation Services. Check in at the desk.
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Diabetes Support Group
This group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Shuksan room at Skagit Valley Hospital. Call 360-588-4142 or 360-814-8329 for more information.
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