The Diabetes Wellness Center (DWC) at Springfield Clinic provides comprehensive and collaborative care to our patients and support to their families.
This program is designed to provide you and your loved ones with information to assist you through your journey with diabetes. We will be by your side every step of the way.
Our program is designed for your medical needs as well as your comfort and convenience. We surround the patient with the medical expertise necessary to address the patient’s disease and specific symptoms and work as a team to determine the patient’s medical needs and make certain each patient receives appropriate care. The DWC offers patients easier access to specialists in the fields of:
Nearly all DWC services are available at either of our locations:
With the support of evidence-based medicine and technology, we are a patient-centered organization, integrating input from patients, physicians, educators and employees to create a collaborative inter-departmental team approach to assure our patients receive the highest level of health care possible to optimize and enhance the quality of life.
A team of qualified physicians and advanced practitioners, trained in the field of endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism, determine if a patient has diabetes, most commonly by measuring the glucose level in the blood. Some patients with diabetes may not experience symptoms, but high glucose levels are a certain indicator of the disease.
Springfield Clinic’s team currently includes six doctors, supported by a qualified team of advanced practitioners. These providers serve as the patient’s team leader and coordinate the patient’s care, especially when other medical experts need to be involved in treatment.
The Diabetes Wellness Center also includes two specialists in pediatric endocrinology, who provide care to diabetic patients under the age of 18.
The Diabetes Wellness Center surrounds the patient with the medical expertise necessary to address the patient’s disease and specific symptoms. Specialists in the field of endocrinology, nephrology (kidney diseases), ophthalmology (eye diseases), podiatry (foot health) and others work as a team to determine the patient’s medical needs and make certain each patient receives appropriate care.
Living well with diabetes requires regular tests, examinations and procedures. The medical team at Springfield Clinic’s Diabetes Wellness Center will help coordinate regular blood testing, blood pressure reading, cholesterol checks and other diagnostics. Treatment will include regular eye exams and foot exams, and regular dental checkups will be recommended.
Providers at the Diabetes Wellness Center will ensure patients receive appropriate vaccinations and help monitor all medication prescribed.
Learning about diabetes is the first step toward feeling better and living a longer healthier life. It’s extremely important for patients to know they can be in control of their diabetes and effectively manage the disease. Day to day, meal to meal, and activity to activity, patients with diabetes determine the outcome of their own health.
At Springfield Clinic’s Diabetes Wellness Center, patients also interact with a team of Certified Diabetes Educators and a Registered Dietitian that specializes in diabetes education. These staff members are certified to teach people with diabetes how to manage their condition in collaboration with their provider.
Springfield Clinic’s Diabetes Learning Center provides a wide variety of interactive education classes that focus on nutrition, self-management, lifestyle and support. For patients whose condition requires insulin pumps or continuous glucose, classes are available to teach patients how to use their equipment. Patients interested in learning how to read nutrition labels have that option as well.
In addition to a multi-disciplinary approach to medical treatment, education and self-management, patients can also expect additional support at Springfield Clinic’s Diabetes Wellness Center. Several support groups, designed to meet the needs of various types of patients, are available at no cost. Of course, the new Center also offers one-on-one appointments to assess needs related to goal setting, school planning, financial assistance for medication, transportation, mental health counseling, insurance questions and other needs.
Springfield Clinic’s Diabetes Wellness Center takes the ultimate team approach to helping patients live happier, healthier and longer lives following a diabetes diagnosis. While diabetes is a very common disease, the team at Springfield Clinic’s Diabetes Wellness Center believes each person requires a care plan customized to their unique needs.
Regular Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,Monday through Friday
Appointments: Office visits are scheduled strategically to reduce long patient wait times. Since most appointments will require a glucose blood test, we ask our patients to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment. Please notify our office 24 hours prior to your appointment if you will be unable to attend.
The laboratory at the Diabetes Wellness Center is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Trained lab assistants can perform finger stick A1C testing on the spot, so that the patient’s provider has the results prior to the appointment. Most other blood specimens are sent to Springfield Clinic’s main laboratory. The main laboratory is CAP (College of American Pathologists) accredited and is located on the 1st floor at Springfield Clinic Main Campus East Building in Springfield.
Every Springfield Clinic lab can accept orders from all Springfield Clinic physicians and locations, as well as other licensed providers outside Springfield Clinic’s network. For patients who require lab draws when the Diabetes Wellness Center lab is closed, our other lab locations offer extended hours.
Springfield Clinic Main Campus lab: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m., weekends
Springfield Clinic Wabash lab: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Friday
8 a.m. – 8 p.m., weekends
Results from testing performed at any Clinic laboratory will upload directly into the patient’s electronic medical record and are available to their Springfield Clinic provider as soon as testing is completed.
It is important to keep track of your medication and order refills well before you exhaust your supply. For medications not prescribed by your diabetes provider, please contact the prescribing provider for refills.
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