Ninety per cent of diabetic patients are treated by their primary care physician and unfortunately only 14 percent receive education by a certified diabetes educator or any other nurse or dietitian.
It is wonderful that Susan Riley, FNP, DNP received a grant to offer group diabetes education in the community. She has been offering this type of education through her husband's family practice office, where she is a family nurse practitioner, since she started working on her doctorate at GSU. This is a much needed service, and it is good that she chose to work with diabetic patients.
The article, though, was incorrect in stating that there is no other diabetes education offered in Statesboro. The article stated that patients have to go to Memorial in Savannah to their American Diabetes Association accredited program at The Metabolic Institute there.
I am a certified diabetes educator and a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators with many years of experience starting at St Joseph's Hospital in Savannah in 1985 .
From July 2003 until this past January, I was part of the diabetes education staff at Memorial and traveled there weekly. n January I went to an "as needed basis."
Closer to home, I have been providing diabetes self management education in the internal medicine office of Dr. Sergio Dalsania and the internal medicine office of Drs. Brian and Maria Moogerfeld since 2004 and continue to do so.
I am also an independent contractor for Medtronic insulin pump patients for any physician. It should be comforting to residents of Statesboro to know that there is education available in more than one medical practice in Bulloch County.
I also want to add that there is a Diabetes Support Group that meets the second Saturday of each month at East Georgia Regional Medical Center from 9-10 a.m. in the classroom by the cafeteria. It is free and offers educational programs to participants.
In October the group will meet on a different date - Oct. 22 t 180 Fitness for an exercise class and information, and each participant will receive a free gym pass good for one week.
RN, MHS, MSN, CDE