Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Services
Registered Dietitians accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provide medical nutrition therapy at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital and are available upon appointment to help clients improve their nutritional status.
A physician's referral is necessary to obtain nutrition counseling services; however, Registered Dietitians at St. Anthony's are available to assist clients in contacting their physicians for counseling orders. Nutritional counseling may include, but is not limited to the following:
Prenatal and postnatal nutrition
Pediatric/adolescent weight management
Adult weight management
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Registered Dietitians assess nutritional needs, individualize meal plans, assist in goal setting and provide follow-up care. Follow-up visits are encouraged in order to facilitate lifestyle changes and assist clients in meeting their goals.
Counseling appointments are scheduled from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday through Diagnostic Scheduling at 217-347-1540 or 1-800-900-1540.
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital sponsors its annual C.A.N.D.Y (Camping Activities for Normal Diabetic Youth) day camp for diabetic children each summer at Evergreen Hollow Park in Effingham. Children ages six through 12 are eligible to attend the camp; however, the child should feel comfortable being left at the day camp without a parent or guardian. The child with diabetes is welcome to bring one guest. This guest may be a sibling or friend.
The purpose of this camp is to encourage diabetic children to become more independent. Campers will have the opportunity to take part in both recreational activities and diabetes education.
Watch for 2017 Candy Camp Dates
Our Registered Dietitians:
Bonnie Kruse, MS, RD, MBA
Lisa Gradle, MS, RD
Adrienne Jarrell, MS, RD, CDE
Susan Murphy, MS, RD
Jamie Irwin, MS, RD
Diabetes Self-Management Program
Managing your diabetes can be a lot to handle. There's so much to learn and many lifestyle adjustments to make. Whether you've just been diagnosed with diabetes or have had diabetes for a long time, the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program
at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital can support you in managing your diabetes.
The Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program is designed to enhance the skills of those with diabetes in an effort to achieve successful health-related outcomes. The program offers comprehensive, high-quality, multidisciplinary diabetes education to people with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and secondary forms of diabetes.
As part of the program, a Certified Diabetes Educator will assess your individual needs and provide you with practical solutions. Education may be provided by meeting with instructors one-on-one or in a class setting. The goal of this program is to make sure you know what to do to stay healthy and reduce the risk of serious complications associated with diabetes such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage."
The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as providing high quality diabetes education.
Participants learn about:
Diabetes disease process
Monitoring Blood Sugars
Personal health habits/sick day management
Prevention, detection, and treatment of acute and chronic complications
Psychosocial adjustment to diabetes
How do you enroll?
A physician order or referral is required for the program. Call St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Scheduling department at 217-347-1540 or Toll Free 1-800-900-1540 to set up an appointment with an educator for an individualized initial assessment. At the initial assessment, the educator will offer you times and dates for future classes.
For additional information regarding the program, contact Bonnie Kruse, RD at 217-347-1288.
Our Staff Educators:
Linda Dust, RN, CDE
Adrienne Jarell, RD, CDE
Lisa Gradle, RD