Our Diabetes Center of Excellence is notable for its diabetes self-management education program and has been accredited twice by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). It features the only hospital-based ADA-accredited program in Queens.
Program highlights include:
- Diabetes individual assessment, evaluation, care and treatment
- Nutritionist/registered dietitian for individualized meal plan
- Diabetes education classes scheduled each month with 10 content areas that meet the national standards for diabetes education programs
- Monthly group self-management education classes in Creole and Spanish
- Insulin pump services: download capability for trend and insulin adjustments
- Monthly diabetes support group held every fourth Thursday for follow-up
- A coached exercise program for seniors
- Continuous glucose sensors monitoring system (CGMS) for eligible patients
Referral to other clinical services:
Patients with diabetes are referred to other services based on the standard of care for diabetes care, and the clinical assessment and provider's judgment for continuum of care to prevent diabetes-related complications.
Podiatry: feet and nail care to prevent amputations
Vascular: to address diabetes neuropathy (disease of the nervous system)
Cardiac: to prevent heart conditions and heart attack, stroke
Primary Care: to prevent cancer, heart disease and stroke
Psychiatry: to improve coping and manage co-morbid conditions
Smoking Cessation Program: to reduce the risk of and stop smoking
Social Worker: financial assistance and health insurance eligibility
Financial counselor: to determine eligibility, HHC options
Online Diabetes Wellness Center
Queens Hospital patients with diabetes are encouraged to visit the New York City Diabetes Wellness Center website, at nyc.gov/hhcdiabetes, where they will find expert advice about healthy food choices, success stories from patients like them, tips on diet, exercise, and insulin use, and much more.
Tips for Patients:
- It is important to be prepared for all clinic visits so the physician can better assess your glucose levels and adjust your dosage of insulin or medications for improved glycemic control.
- Come to the Diabetes Clinic 15 minutes prior to appointment time.
- Bring two (2) forms of identification.
- Bring all your medication bottles, or a list of these medications, with the corresponding dosages you are currently taking.
- Have the name and telephone number of your primary care physician.
- If you have difficulty communicating, bring a family member with you.
- Bring your fingerstick log book and/or your glucometer with you to each clinic visit.
- Carry a snack and glucose tablets with you.
Frequently-Asked Questions for Patients:
Why do I have to be seen in the Diabetes Center?
Where is the Diabetes Center?
- To help you achieve better diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol control.
- To obtain an education about living with and managing your diabetes.
- To receive ongoing support for you and your family.
Who will teach me how to inject my insulin?
- It is located on the fourth floor of the Pavilion Building, on the northeastern side of the hospital campus.
When should I go to the Emergency Room?
- The Certified Nurse Diabetes Educator.
- If blood sugar levels rise over 300 mg/dl with symptoms of nausea, vomiting, frequent urination and extreme thirst.
- If you have a fever associated with blurry vision and/or headache that doesn't resolve itself within 24 hours.
Call (718) 883-3180 for more information about diabetes care at Queens Hospital Center.