Community Health Improvement Services

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Helps Lakewood Resident Take Back Control Over Her Life

Roberta Richmond

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.

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