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Diabetic Education

Yvonne Romero, RN, CDE
Phone: 719-845-3117


The Diabetes Self-Management Program at Mt. San Rafael Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life of those with diabetes. The focus of diabetes education is on both the patient and their family, and centers on the cornerstones of diabetes self-management which include:

Diabetic Symptom Awareness and Causes
Blood Sugar Monitoring
Medical Nutritional Therapy

The goal of the program is to provide individuals with diabetes, and their families, with the tools to take control of diabetes and safely manage the disease and prevent serious complications.

Highly Trained and Certified Staff

The Diabetes Management Team at Mt. San Rafael Hospital includes a certified diabetes educator, a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, and a pharmacist who specialize in diabetes self-management training. This multi-faceted team of professionals works closely with physicians to help participants manage their diabetes safely and effectively.

Participants of the Diabetes Self-Management Program meet team members in a one-on-one setting to assess their needs and design a customized educational program. Services include instructions on how to safely administer insulin, the proper care and use of a self-blood sugar monitor, and more. Team members take time to provide hands-on practice to ensure participants are comfortable with their medication regimen, are proficient in self-blood sugar testing and all aspects of diabetes care.

Individual Sessions ~ Available for learning insulin injection technique, blood sugar monitoring, nutrition consultation and meal planning, and goal setting with support and follow up.

Group Sessions ~ Classes are offered throughout the year.

Family Participation ~ Family members are also affected when a patient is diagnosed with diabetes and we encourage one family member to attend the program at no additional cost.

Educational Materials ~ All areas related to living with diabetes.

Insurance Coverage:
Many insurances cover most of the cost for classes, but require a referral by a healthcare provider. There is also the Elvira Martin Scholarship available to pay for classes and A1C testing.

For more information on the Diabetic Self-Management Program or to inquire about applying for the Elvira Martin Scholarship, please call 719-845-3117.