Diabetes Education Program
Phone: 360-814-2184

Certified Diabetes Education Program at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, WAMeet Your Team 
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Our Program
Patient Forms
Gestational Diabetes Program

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.

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. Our hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Skagit Regional Health’s Diabetic Education Program is certified by the American Diabetic 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 360-814-2184.

Our Program
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.

Patient Forms
Print out the following referral forms (PDF) and fax to 360-814-5515.

Diabetes Education Referral Form
Consent for Treatment: English or Spanish
Cancellation Policy
Authorization for Release of Health Care Information

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 360-814-2184.


  • Download our Gestational Diabetes Program Brochure.

    Contact Us      
    Skagit Regional Health    
    Diabetes Education Program   
    1415 E. Kincaid     
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273-1376  
    Phone: 360-814-2184    
    Fax: 360-814-5515

    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 is provided for individuals and families/support persons who have been diagnosed with diabetes. The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Shuksan Room at Skagit Valley Hospital. For more information call 360-814-8274.

    Online Resources:
    American Diabetes Association

    Diabetes Self Management

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The dLife - The Diabetes Health Company

    Diabetes Cooking Magazine

    BMI Calculator

    PDFs of Brochures
    Diabetes Education Program Brochure
    Gestational Diabetes Program Brochure