If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital offers a variety of educational classes that may be covered by your insurance. Classes are led by registered nurses and dietitians and are designed to teach patients how to manage their diabetes. Regularly scheduled classes include the Diabetes Education Class and the Gestational Diabetes Class, and our diabetes education coordinators are also available for one-on-one counseling for insulin administration and diet instruction.
Diabetes Education Class
Following recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, this class is a customized teaching plan that covers diet education along with a variety of topics such as monitoring, medication and exercise. A complimentary blood sugar meter is available. Classes meet on Thursdays from 8:30 – 4:00 in the Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Annex, located across the street from the hospital.
Gestational Diabetes Class
Expectant mothers receive glucose meter training and meal planning in this three hour class. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 4:00 in the Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Annex, located across the street from the hospital.
Diabetes Education-Insulin Training
This is a one-on-one educational session for insulin administration only. The training session is approximately 30 minutes to one hour in length. Please call for more information before scheduling: Kristy Merritt, RN, BSN, CDE, 901.516.6616.
Registration and Insurance
Most insurances cover the cost of diabetes education at the request of your physician. Check with your insurance company to find out if your plan covers classes, and if so, talk to your doctor about providing a written request. Physicians may fax their request to 901.937.3334, and you may register for classes by calling 901.516.6777.
For more information about registering for these classes, please contact: Kristy Merritt, RN, BSN, CDE, 901.516.6616.