Each year, Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals discharge approximately 8,000 diabetic patients—close to 50 percent of the total for Montgomery County. Now, the two hospitals have developed a new comprehensive program to help these patients manage their illness.

“Our goal is to provide accessible education through which diabetics can gain the skills needed to successfully manage their condition and avoid complications,” says Andrea Ford, BSN, R.N., certified diabetes educator at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “We will strive to assist patients in achieving optimal health, improving their quality of life and decrease health care costs.”

This new initiative allows physicians to follow a patient’s prognosis more effectively by developing a personalized plan with set goals and continual follow-up assistance. Services offered at both hospitals include individual assessments, management classes on proper nutrition and exercise, blood glucose monitoring and medication management.

EagleBank has donated $50,000 to help start the program, which is in collaboration with the American Association of Diabetes Educators.