Diabetes Center of Excellence

Diabetes Center of Excellence - Diabetes Self Management Education

Heywood Hospital Diabetes Education Program is certified by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). The program offers the most qualified educational services to patients in the surrounding area with its dual certification.   


Click here to view the JOHNS HOPKINS DIABETES GUIDE, an online resource. It is accreditated by the American Diabetes Association and the Joint Commission of Accreditated Hospitals Organization's standards for practice and care.

Program Overview

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment.  Participants in an ADA or AADE program will be taught self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes. Through the support of the diabetes health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, patients can assume a major part of the responsibility for their diabetes management with a goal of preventing or prolonging the complications of diabetes.

Heywood’s DSME Program will teach you the essential skills which will help you optimize your diabetic care and promote lifestyle changes.    

Topics covered include:

The Basics of Eating
Meal Planning
Shopping and Label Reading
Physical Activity/Exercise
Medication Management
Blood Sugar Testing/Monitoring
High and Low Blood Sugars
Stress and Coping
Personal Health Habits
Long-term Complications
Changing Behavior

DSME includes an initial evaluation and five 1-hour classes, with additional follow-up classes. 

How do I get started?

Ask your Doctor for a referral to the Diabetes Education Department at Heywood Hospital 
Submit an authorization form from your insurance carrier, if needed
The patient will be contacted and an appointment scheduled. Appointments are available early morning, during the day and early evening hours.
Your Doctor will receive documentation of all visits

For more information, contact: Doug Miller, R.N., CDE, Clinical Coordinator Diabetes Education at 978-630-5719.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) involves individualized nutrition education by registered dieticians to manage nutrition issues associated with various diseases and provide education for lifestyle interventions. 

Depending on your needs, MNT can teach you how to:

Improve health and quality of life through better food choices
Decrease the need for prescription drugs
Reduce diabetic complications that result in hospitalization
Reduce or eliminate the need for insulin in Type 2 Diabetes

Medical Nutrition Therapy is part of the treatment plan for:

Congestive heart failure
High cholesterol and blood fats
Celiac and gluten intolerance
High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
Food allergies and intolerances
Wound healing
Renal failure
Gastric bypass
Respiratory function
Gastrointestinal disorders
Tube Feeding
Failure to thrive 

Any questions, please contact Denise Foresman, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Nutrition Manager of Heywood Hospital’s Nutrition Services & Diabetes Education at 978-630-6289.



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