Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Department has been recognized since 2005 by the American Diabetes association to provide education in accordance with the national standards for diabetes patient education. The department uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide a variety of services for patients living with type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes and pre diabetes.
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center diabetes education staff strives to provide quality education, care and resources to patients, health care professionals and community members to empower individuals to learn to live well with diabetes.
- Diabetes Self-Management Education: Provides a comprehensive education to those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or for those who have never had education. Topics covered include: how diabetes is diagnosed, nutrition therapy, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring, medications, short term complications, long term complications,
- Shared Medical Appointments: This is a group session that provides a high quality, team approach for ongoing care with diabetes. These sessions provide patients with an education session, healthcare provider visit and support group all in one.
- Diabetes Prevention Program: This is a 16 week lifestyle change program for those who have pre diabetes or are at high risk for developing diabetes.
- Continuous Glucose Monitoring: This is a device used to assist in the management of diabetes. It provides a “movie” of what blood sugars are doing over a 72 hour period of time. It is a great tool to help you understand how food, medication and physical activity change blood sugars. It also helps your diabetes educator decide the best medication treatment regimen for you.
- Personal Insulin Pump and Sensor Training: The insulin pump is the most up-to-date technology available for patients who are dependent on multiple daily injections to control their diabetes. CRMC provides individual education and management for patients who decide that an insulin pump is the right choice for them. Our staff are certified insulin pump trainers for all major brands of insulin pumps.
- Medical Nutrition Therapy: A Registered Dietitian is available to help individuals put together a personalized meal plan to meet blood glucose and weight management goals.
Laura Rathe, M.D., C.D.E.
Shelly Hanson, C.N.S., C.D.E.
Heather Erickson, R.D., L.D., C.D.E.
Tracey Tuper, LPN
Diabetes Education Assistant
For more information about CRMC’s program, call 218-545-4491 or 888-487-6437.
Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Program
The Centers for Disease Control in 2016 recognized Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s diabetes prevention lifestyle change program and entered it into its national registry. At the time, only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide achieved this full recognition.
The CDC only recognizes programs that meet quality standards. CRMC submitted an application and met certain standards—such as having trained lifestyle coaches and using a CDC-approved curriculum to ensure its programs are of high quality. CRMC also tracked results and sent data to CDC each year to show that it was having an impact on preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes.
A CDC-recognized lifestyle change program is a structured program—in person or online—developed specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. It is designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes, but who do not already have diabetes. A trained lifestyle coach leads the program to help participants change certain aspects of their lifestyle, like eating healthier, reducing stress, and getting more physical activity. The program also includes group support from others who share goals and struggles. It’s a year-long program focused on long-term changes and lasting results.
For more information about CRMC’s free “I CAN Prevent Diabetes!” classes, contact Tracey Tuper at 218-545-4491.
Because of Brandon, a fund raiser in memory of Brandon Houge who unexpectedly
passed away from complications from diabetes in December 2015, is held the last Saturday of July in Crosby. All proceeds from the event benefit the Diabetes Education Department at CRMC and are used to fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and adult educational events.
Houge, 27, formerly of Ironton died at his home in Duluth. He was a graduate of Crosby-Ironton High School’s Class of 2006 and a graduate of the National School of Non Destructive Testing. Houge was an employee of the Acuren Company in Duluth and was the former manager of the Crosby Bar and Grill.
For information on how to obtain assistance or support the fund, view the attached brochure. For more information about the event, call 218-545-4455.
Program Recognized by
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years. CRMC’s program was first recognized in April 2005 and has maintained all standards since.
Programs apply for recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.