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RFGH Diabetes Program Coordinator

Nancy Thomas

Nancy Thomas,

RFGH Diabetes Program Coordinator

Ms. Thomas is a certified Diabetes educator and registered nurse trained to provide services, training, support, and education to people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, and Pre-Diabetes. Certified by the National Board of Diabetes Educators, Ms. Thomas is the new Program coordinator for RFGH's ADA-recognized program.

Ms. Thomas has ten years of experience as a Diabetes educator with an interest in evolving Diabetes technology and pharmacology (Insulin pumps, glucose sensors, new medications) as well as weight management and exercise as key treatment strategies.

Diabetes is a complex and serious disease, and managing it every day can be challenging but rewarding. To help you, diabetes educators have developed seven key areas to focus on: Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring, Taking Medication, Problem Solving, Reducing Risks, and Healthy Coping. A diabetes educator can help you set priorities and coach you on each of these areas.

All of these topics are included in the RFGH Diabetes Self-management Education Program. Education is provided individually or in a group setting according to patients' needs and insurance coverage. If you want to gain the knowledge, confidence & skills to take control of your diabetes, your health, and your life, ask your doctor for a referral to RFGH's Diabetes Self Management Training Program. Click here for more information.

Brochure A referral includes a private meeting for one hour with the RN instructor to discuss your personal needs and plan your program; and, a one hour private meeting with a Dietitian to develop a meal plan especially for you. Redington–Fairview holds these training sessions four (4) times per year at different times of day. We offer both 1 day comprehensive training and series of 3-4 two hour sessions. Call our Diabetes Education Office at 858-2261 for more information.

We work closely with Redington Medical Primary Care's Endocrinologist, Dr. Celeste Quianzon, who serves as the program's medical director, and our Nutrition department to provide comprehensive and coordinated care and offer education and support, advanced Diabetes therapeutics and technologies like insulin pumps and personal continuous glucose sensors.

RFGH Diabetes Support Group

The Redington-Fairview Diabetes Support Group welcomes people with Diabetes, family, friends, and anyone affected by the disease. The group meets monthly on the first or second Tuesday (except in July and August), from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in RFGH Conference Room #1. CLICK HERE to view full meeting schedule and upcoming topics of discussion. Call the Diabetes Education Office at 858-2261 or e-mail nthomas@rfgh.net for more information.

"I have been attending the RFGH Diabetes Support Group for 17 years, because it is a constant reminder that I am diabetic. I call diabetes a "wolf in sheep`s clothing"; we look fine on the outside, but it is constantly trying to attack our organs."

Diabetes is a serious disease that can raise blood sugars to dangerous levels. Over time, these high blood sugars do damage throughout the body, leading to kidney disease, eye disease and blindness, and amputations of feet and legs. However, this DOES NOT have to happen. Blood sugars can be controlled with some healthy lifestyle changes and if necessary, medications. With blood sugar levels controlled, damage is minimized.

"Being newly diagnosed with diabetes, I felt overwhelmed. Coming to the support group helped me to focus on just a few goals at a time... I always leave motivated to work harder at controlling my diabetes and not have my diabetes control me."

The RFGH Diabetes Support Group, is an informal, FREE, drop-in when you can meeting for any people interested in or touched by diabetes. Each gathering offers an educational topic, sometimes with a guest speaker, but there is always time for visiting and sharing.

"It`s great to have other people who have the same problem. You discover some great ideas from them... even if you have been diabetic for years, there are things you can learn." Linda Corson

"This group is an inspiration to me; I now eat right, keep my numbers, and exercise... I fell it is very important to get together and inspire each other to strive towards our goals. I credit this group and its leader in my turn around and success." Steven Barrette

Come join us and see for yourself. Diabetes is a major inconvenience and, if not controlled, a serious threat to health and life. But you are not alone and you don`t have to struggle with diabetes without support. We welcome you!

CLICK HERE to view a list of online Diabetes resources.