Diabetes Education Team Provides Services in the Community


In addition to patient and family support, our Diabetes Education Team offers outreach and screening opportunities, including:

  • Safe at School programs to educate teachers and staff how to recognize and respond to high and low blood sugar issues in children,

  • Annual KidneyMobile visits to provide free kidney and diabetes screenings in conjunction with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois,

  • Free finger sticks, low-cost A1C testing and blood glucose screening at the hospital’s Community Health Fairs offered each spring and fall,

  • Spanish interpreters providing special educational and screening opportunities to the underserved.

Diabetes Support Group


St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese sponsors a Diabetes Support Group at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of alternating months. If the first Monday is a holiday, the meeting is moved to the second Monday of the month. Meetings generally feature a presentation by a medical professional and time for questions. Topics and speakers are announced in the local media.

Diabetes Education Team


For more information, contact any of the members from the Diabetes Education Team.
Lisa Ketchem
618-526-5743  I  lisa.ketchem@hshs.org
Fax: 618-526-1476

Kayla Barnes, Registered Dietitian
618-526-5336  I  kayla.barnes@hshs.org
Fax: 618-526-1476

Angie Kruse, Registered Dietitian
Fax: 618-526-1476

Brooke Lipe, Registered Dietitian
618-651-2743  I  brooke.lipe@hshs.org
Fax: 618-651-2735