FMH Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Service
7211 Bank Court/Suite 240
Frederick, MD 21703
Our Complementary Therapies Programs will continue to be held at the FSK location. Our new hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 10:30am-7:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Diabetes has been described as a worldwide epidemic with the numbers of patients rising everywhere. In the United States it is the sixth leading cause of death by disease, and affects millions of Americans. Frederick County's diabetes rate surpasses the national average. These statistics are alarming, considering the serious effects on the body when the disease is “out of control” or left untreated. Complications such as kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and blindness can result. But there is hope and help available. At the FMH Diabetes Center, our highly skilled team of diabetes clinicians can teach you how to live well with diabetes. Working with your healthcare provider, our team will assess your needs and create a plan of care to improve your quality of life on a daily basis, as well as to prevent the long-term complications of the disease.
Frederick Memorial Hospital is committed to providing optimal healthcare services to people with diabetes. We have developed a comprehensive approach to diabetes education and management. Services are provided by our team of experienced diabetes clinicians in both the hospital setting and in our outpatient center.
Studies have shown that uncontrolled diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to heal during other major illness, infection, or surgery. In efforts to prevent complications, and to promote diabetes awareness, FMH has instituted a policy where all inpatients 18 years of age and above receive either a glucose fingerstick or a venous blood glucose upon admission to the hospital.
FMH has a team of Diabetes Nurse Educators who follow inpatients with documented blood glucose elevations, providing diabetes support as needed. The educator communicates with the physician regarding the patient’s diabetes needs, and patients requiring follow-up education are referred by the physician to the Outpatient Diabetes Center for Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME).
The FMH Diabetes Center’s Self-Management Education program is designed to assist patients in making the needed behavior changes and to track progress over a full year. The DSME services consist of a 10-hour program, generally provided in a relaxed group setting to facilitate learning and exchange of ideas. All of the component classes are taught by dieticians and registered nurses, specializing in the field of diabetes education.
Program content includes:
- Diabetes overview
- Coping and stress management
- Fitness and exercise
- Meal planning and carbohydrate counting
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Oral medications
- Insulin administration and management
- Prevention and treatment of short and long-term complications
All patients receive a free A1C test at baseline, and when they return for three and twelve month follow-up to monitor their self-management progress.
The American Diabetes Association recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education.
Diabetes Support Groups
Free Adult Support Group
Please call the FMH Diabetes Center at 240-379-6045 for group meeting times and information.
Diabetes and Pregnancy
Classes are available for pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes. Please call the Diabetes Center at 240-379-6045 for days and times.
Diabetes Self Management Training
Individual evaluations for patients experiencing pre-diabetes by a registered dietician to create a meal plan to lower blood sugar and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
Individual evaluations by a certified diabetic educator and /or registered dietitian, and private consultations for insulin administration, blood glucose monitoring, insulin pen training, pre-diabetes, nutrition or any other diabetes care issues are available.
Individual programs are also available for those with language and learning barriers, and for those requiring the services of an interpreter.
Diabetes Self Management Group Classes
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Insulin management
Many insurance companies recognize that diabetes education can prevent or delay the complications resulting from uncontrolled diabetes. Many will reimburse for diabetes self-management education. Please contact your health insurance provider to determine your benefits for diabetes education.
If you have any questions about diabetes or would like more information about our programs, please call the the FMH Wellness Center at 240-379-6045 or you may e-mail DiabetesatWellness@fmh.org.
For more information on diabetes and preventing diabetes, please see the Frederick County Diabetes Resource Guide (PDF).