The Highland Lions Club recently made a donation of $513 to the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation to support HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland’s diabetes education program. 

The donation will be used to support the purchase of new educational supplies and foot models that focus on proper foot health, which will be used for inpatients, outpatients and for community outreach events. Lions Club members around the world fight for better diabetes relief through initiatives and programs to improve the lives of those living with diabetes and helping others from developing type 2 diabetes.
Lisa Ketchem, RN, diabetes patient educator at St. Joseph’s Hospital, shared her appreciation for the donation. “We are so grateful to the Highland Lions Club for this donation which will assist us in providing education for our community members living with diabetes. Knowing how to manage your diabetes is crucial to living an active life with it,” she said. “As November is Diabetes Awareness Month, it is an important time of year to focus attention on this health issue which affects more than 34 million people in the U.S..”
Emily Wilson, HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation major gifts officer, shared, “On behalf of St. Joseph’s Foundation, we truly appreciate the Highland Lions Club support of our Foundation so we can continue to support important hospital services, like our diabetes program.”

Licensed dietitians on St. Joseph’s Hospital’s clinical nutrition and diabetes services team are available to help those with diabetes with special diets and weight management.  The hospital also offers a Diabetes Self-Management Program recognized by the American Diabetes Association. For more information about the services offered by the clinical nutrition and diabetes services team, visit here.

Diabetes education is also provided through an online support group, offering helpful resources and engagement with others going through the same journey. To join the group, search Facebook for: Diabetes Support Group: Bond, Madison and Clinton counties, and request to join. 

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Photo Caption: Highland Lions Club member Jan Kreutzberg recently presented a check for $513 to HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation and St. Joseph’s Hospital clinical nutrition team to support the hospital’s diabetes education program. Shown left to right: Kayla Barnes, clinical outpatient dietitian; Lisa Ketchem, RN, diabetes patient educator; Kreutzberg; Emily Wilson, HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation major gifts officer; Angie Kruse, clinical inpatient dietitian; and Brooke Lipe, clinical inpatient dietitian.

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