Diabetes Education

Self Regional Healthcare’s Diabetes Education Department is here to help you manage your diabetes. Newly diagnosed with diabetes or have lived with diabetes for many years, our DSMP (Diabetes Self-Management Program) can give you help and ongoing support. Whether you have type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, our program is individualized to serve your needs. Our staff  are all certified Diabetes Educators who are either registered nurses or registered dieticians. We offer individual appointments and group classes. Our goal is to help you successfully manage your diabetes and enjoy life. The Diabetes Education Center is open from 8:30 a.m.­–5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is located at 1226 Spring Street, Greenwood, SC.

Services offered include:
• Designing self-management goals
• Disease management education
• Individualizing meal plans, carbohydrate counting and medications
• Recommendations on exercise and activity
• Recognizing signs and symptoms of  hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and taking appropriate action.

• Insulin pump training
• Continuous glucose monitor training
• Hybrid Artificial Pancreas system training
• Gestational Diabetes Education

Our Diabetes Self-management program is accredited through AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators.

What to Expect
Your first appointment is an individual session with a diabetes educator. You will receive diabetes education and be able to ask questions that are important to you and your management. Your session will be individualized based on your needs. You and your  CDE  (certified diabetes educator) will develop a plan to meet your personal goals to manage your diabetes.

How to Get Started
We require a physician referral. Ask your doctor to send a referral to Self Regional Healthcare Diabetes Education Department and to make an appointment for you through central scheduling (864-725-5000) or once the referral has been placed you can call  central scheduling to make your appointment. We accept many insurances including Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance.

Classes and Meetings
A free diabetes education class takes place at 10 a.m. the second Thursday of every month. Unless otherwise mentioned, classes are held at the Optimum Life Center, 115 Academy Avenue, across from the Emergency Care Center.

Sit and Be Fit Exercise Classes

Thursday, November 7

Thursday, November 21

Optimum Life Center | 115 Academy Avenue, Classroom A
(864) 725-5753

Free Community Diabetes Classes

Thursday, November 14, 10 a.m.
Optimum Life Center | 115 Academy Avenue, Classroom A
(864) 725-5753

“Maintain Don’t Gain for the Holidays”

Speaker: Brittany Hill BSN, RN

Alternate parking in front of the hospital on the Edgefield Street side. For cart transportation to the Optimum Life Center call 554-2843

*Free support classes do not replace formal diabetes education appointments.

SC DHEC Get to the Point

Responding to the growing concern of safety and the spread of disease through disposal of home-generated needles, syringes and other “sharps,” DHEC has developed the “Get the Point” program, a safe, simple and convenient way to dispose of sharps. To learn more about this new program, click here.

Be sure your loved one with diabetes is prepared in the wake of emergencies.

Click here for the DDRC preparation plan in English.

Haga clic aquí para ver el plan de preparación para emergencias de la DDRC en Español.

Diabetes Camp
The Diabetes Education Center offers a day camp for a week each summer at the Greenwood YMCA in Greenwood, SC. Campers ages 6-18 get a chance to meet and interact with other peers who have diabetes, and learn about disease management. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Click here to view the 2019 Diabetes Camp brochure.

Click here for a printable version of the 2019 Camp Porcupine Application

Once you have completed the application, please drop it off at the Diabetes Education Center (1226 Spring street), or scan and email to mara.schwartz@selfregional.org

Insurance coverage
Most insurance covers portions of diabetes education. Medicare covers 80 percent of charges after deductible. To talk with someone about insurance coverage, or for financial questions, call (864) 725-7800.

Contact us
You must have a physician referral to become a program participant. To learn more about the diabetes program, please call (864) 725-5753.