The Waukon Lions Club recently made a sizeable donation to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program in support of their mission of supporting diabetes and vision impairment. This donation is two-fold and will fund the purchasing of these diabetes education reference materials for patients, pictured here, as well as offer the option of funding one-on-one diabetes consultations for those without insurance who need this scholarship to obtain this useful education.
“One of the main missions of Lions Club International is to improve the lives of those living with diabetes, and to help the blind and visually impaired,” states Neal Daley, Secretary of the Waukon Lions Club. “Since diabetes and visual impairment can go hand-in-hand, we feel this donation meets the Lions Club mission on a local level, supporting our nationally certified Diabetes Education Program that is offered right here at Veterans Memorial Hospital.”
The Diabetes Reference Materials will be shared with patients at their diabetes consultations with Angie Mettille, RN/BSN, who is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.
“Having the ability to continue to offer diabetes patients a variety of reference materials helps us to ensure they are receiving care and education specific to their personal needs. These books are easy to read and are illustrated with great visuals to help patients understand their disease process and treatment of diabetes. They complement the current curriculum for Diabetes Self-Management Education nicely,” explains Mettille. “The Lions Club has also provided limited funds to help the uninsured to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn how to take care of themselves while living with diabetes. This money will be utilized under specific guidelines. We are thankful for the Lion’s Club awareness of diabetes in our community and the importance for in-person, individualized education being available to everyone.”
The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program is nationally accredited by the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.