Find out what's happening at the Edward Diabetes Center:
American Diabetes Center Caregiver Program
A program for caregivers and teachers who care for those with Type 1 Diabetes.
Saturday, November 9 9:00 am - Noon Edward Education Center No registration required
Diabetes Awareness Day & Health Fair
On November 16, 2013, 9 am - Noon, the Edward Diabetes Center, in collaboration with Representative Tom Cross, will host the 3rd annual Tom Cross Diabetes Awareness Day at the Edward Plainfield Outpatient Center. This is a vendor fair with diabetes screenings, meter companies, insulin pump information, and more.
Edward recognizes outstanding care provided by its nurses through the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award is made available through the DAISY Foundation which was started by the Barnes family to recognize the outstanding care provided by nurses to their son and husband prior to his death. Three DAISY recipients will be recognized each quarter at Edward and the nominations will be based on patient letters received and patient stories.
Celia Morelos, RN, Diabetes Center received the award in July 2013. Below is what was submitted from patients.
"We met with Celia to help my father with his diabetes. At 89 he was placed on insulin with virtually no helpful instruction. Celia has been patient, kind and knowledgeable. She graciously gave us her cell phone to call with any questions he/we may have. She continues to go above and beyond in helping us understand the complicated process of balancing life and long acting and rapid acting insulin. She is a very valued member of his process! You are lucky to have her on staff! And we feel blessed to have her help us!" -- Comment from a patient letter.
"I wanted to let you know that your employee Celia, is a very compassionate and caring employee. Celia met with my husband in May of this year for diabetes teaching. He was very bitter and had his mind made up before he reached your diabetes center that he was not going to do anything that would be taught to him to get his diabetes under control. My husband has metastatic renal cell cancer and is on chemotherapy and had lost his taste. Celia shared a personal story about her father how he would not eat and when he did eat he would only eat a certain thing. Celia talked so compassionately to my husband he actually opened his mind and took in everything she shared with him and lord and behold he is taking his blood sugar twice a day now. Celia did a wonderful job in teaching my husband about diabetes and what could happen if he sis not check his sugar daily. One of my husband's biggest concerns was pricking his finger hurts and Celia taught him how to do it with less pain." -- Comment from a patient letter.
Diabetes Awareness Day
Governor Quinn signed a bill designating November 14 "Diabetes Awareness Day" in Illinois annually. Under the new law, every Nov. 14 will be "Diabetes Awareness Day" in the state of Illinois. November is American Diabetes Month, and more than 800,000 Illinois residents are living with the disease, double the number 20 years ago. Sponsored by House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago), House Bill 5003 is designed to increase awareness of diabetes and educate Illinois residents about how to live healthier and prevent the disease. Link here for more information.
The governor signed the new law at Edward Hospital, which provides counseling and extensive education for individuals living with diabetes. Diabetes Awareness Day events include the following at Edward Hospital:
Free blood glucose screening at BP in Naperville
Press conference participation at Navistar in Naperville. Link here for a news story on this event.