Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Helps Lakewood Resident Take
Back Control Over Her Life
For Roberta Richmond of Lakewood, a fulfilling life has always been defined
by activity. However, her higher than normal glucose levels – something
Roberta had been battling most of her adult life – always seemed
to hold her back.
When Roberta attended a Health & Spa Day hosted by her synagogue’s
Sisterhood, Congregation Ahavat Olam in Howell, she decided to have her
sugar levels checked at a free glucose screening table offered by RWJBarnabas
Health’s Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus.
“Roberta’s glucose levels concerned me, so I advised her to
talk to her physician and gave her information about our Diabetes Self-Management
Education program,” says Irene McNamara, MSN, RN, WCC, a Certified
Diabetes Educator and Manager of Community Education and Wellness at Monmouth
Medical Center, Southern Campus, who was conducting the screenings that day.
After consulting with her physician, Roberta was diagnosed with Type 2
Diabetes. Roberta registered for the Diabetes Self-Management Education
program, and began attending sessions with her husband, Louis.
“The program put me on the right track to healthy living,”
says Roberta. “I’ve lost more than 27 pounds already, and
want to lose another five!” she proudly states. “The program
is excellent – I would recommend it to everyone.”
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus - Lakewood
The Diabetes Self-Management Education program offered at the Center for
Healthy Living at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is just one
way RWJBarnabas Health partners with the community to positively impact
the health status of New Jersey residents.
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC) is an acute care community
hospital. An RWJBarnabas Health facility, MMCSC merged with Monmouth Medical
Center, a teaching hospital located in Monmouth County, in 2014. The hospitals
are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the communities
they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient services
that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership
has also expanded patients’ access to geriatric and pediatric emergency
services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services.