Diabetes Education Program
Skagit Valley Hospital 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.
Click here to 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.
The program includes an introductory one-on-one appointment, six hours of group sessions (two three-hour classes) covering the basics of diabetes management, and at least two hours of one-on-one education in nutrition.
The Diabetes Education Program includes 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 diabetic 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 diabetic education in a 12-month period.
- In addition, your insurance plan may authorize three additional hours of diabetic education during the same 12-month period, with two additional hours every year thereafter. This is referred to as Medical Nutrition Therapy, and 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.
Diabetic Education Referral Form
Consent for Treatment: English or Spanish
Authorization for Release of Health Care Information: English or Spanish
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.
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.
American Diabetes Association