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About Diabetes Management

The health care professionals of the Diabetes Management department at Penn State Health St. Joseph believe that education is the key to empowering people to take charge of their lives and manage their diabetes for optimum health and wellness.

Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Training.

Diabetes counseling is provided by a Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, with a specialized knowledge in diabetes management, and a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Nutritionist.

Elizabeth Hawk, MS, RDN, CDE
Contact Elizabeth at 610-378-2031 610-378-2031 or ehawk@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Certified Diabetes Educator

Andrea Thompson RDN, LDN, CDE
Contact Andrea at agamber1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Certified Diabetes Educator
Caitlyn Guers RD, LDN
Contact Caitlyn at cguers@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Services Offered

Individual Outpatient Consultations

Consultations include a needs assessment, establishment of specific diabetes treatment goals, instruction in the disease process, self-management training and follow-up to help individuals and their families cope with the lifestyle adjustments required to achieve diabetes control. These sessions are available at Penn State Health St. Joseph Downtown Campus in the Walnut Medical Pavilion, Bern Township’s Medical Office Building Suite 103, Wyomissing’s Broadcasting Road office, Exeter Ridge Health Complex, and our Muhlenberg practice.

Insulin Start-Up Program

Outpatient instruction for the administration of insulin and all other types of diabetes-related injectable medications is available.

Managing Diabetes Course

This 10 hour course which provides comprehensive diabetes self-management training is recognized by the ADA.* Classes are offered weekdays and evenings at St. Joseph Medical Center and Exeter Ridge.
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Gestational Diabetes Program

This program provides nutrition counseling support and self-glucose monitoring training necessary for motivation to achieve the treatment goals for positive outcomes for mother and baby.

Specialized Services

Specialized Services are available for children and adolescents, the visually impaired, the learning disabled and those speaking little or no English.

Scheduling an Appointment

Medicare and other third-party payers frequently cover the costs associated with diabetes self-management training. Physician referral and/or prescription is required. Please call your insurance company to verify your benefits under diabetes management training.

Limited free parking is available in the lot at the corner of 6th and Walnut Streets and at the Walnut Medical Pavilion. Additional parking is available at the Reading Parking Authority garage at Poplar and Walnut Streets. Parking passes are validated.

Free parking is available at the Bern Campus, Broadcasting Road office, and Exeter Ridge sites.

Individuals with diabetes and health care providers may contact the Diabetes Educators directly by calling 610-378-2031 610-378-2031 or 610-208-4626 610-208-4626.

Interested individuals may schedule appointments or register for classes by calling Central Scheduling at 610-378-2100 610-378-2100.

Services are available at the following locations:

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center
2500 Bernville Rd., Bern Township, PA 19605
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Penn State Health St. Joseph Exeter Ridge Health Complex
3970 Perkiomen Avenue Exeter Township Exeter, PA 19606
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Diabetes Management at Downtown Campus
640 Walnut St. Reading, PA 19601
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Penn State Health St. Joseph Spring Ridge Health Corridor
2607 Keiser Blvd. Wyomissing, PA 19610
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Penn State Health St. Joseph Muhlenberg
3407 N. 5th Street Highway Muhlenberg, PA 19605
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Diabetes Education at Medical Office Building
2494 Bernville Road Suite 103 Bern Township, PA 19605
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