Diabetes Program

Mercy’s Diabetes Program helps you learn to live with diabetes. Our specially trained diabetes educators work with you so that you have the knowledge you need to achieve and maintain good health.

The program offers a variety of educational services, including:

  • Classes for people with Type 2 diabetes
  • Individual education for people with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes
  • Nutrition counseling and meal planning
  • Instruction on home blood glucose monitoring
  • Insulin pump therapy


Registered nurses and dietitians, including our nationally Certified Diabetes Educator, provide specialized diabetes education, working with you to best meet your needs. Mercy’s educational program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

In addition, Mercy provides education on the latest technology available:

  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Continuous glucose monitoring sensor
  • Download meters and pumps


Diabetes Education Class
Mercy offers a four-session Diabetes Education Class to all people with Type 2 diabetes. The class will help you gain better control of your disease. You do not have to have a new diagnosis of diabetes to attend.

You will meet twice during the first month of class and then meet again at two to three months and at five to six months. This allows you to work on skills, goals and lifestyle changes associated with diabetes. A new cycle of classes begins each month.

Individualized Diabetes Class - Hinckley
Individual sessions are available in Hinckley (Gateway Clinic) every other Tuesday by appointment. Call 218.485.5836 for more information.

Does insurance cover the cost of the class?
The cost of the sessions is covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Most third party insurances also pay for preventative care such as diabetes education. Please check with your insurance company regarding coverage.

How do I enroll in the class?
You will need a referral from your health care provider to enroll in the program. Contact your provider to ask for a referral to the class. You can also register yourself. Call 218-485-5836 and let us know who your provider is.

For more information
For more information about the program, please call 218.485.5836.

2017 Diabetes Class Dates
All classes are held on Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m., in Patient Education Room 1701 at Mercy Hospital.

January Group
January 10 & 24; March 14; June 6
February Group
February 7 & 21; May 9; August 1
March Group
March 7 & 21; May 9; August 1
April Group
April 4 & 18; July 18; October 10
May Group
May 16 & 23; July 18; October 10
June Group
June 13 & 27; September 12; December 5
July Group
July 11 & 25; September 12; December 5

Call 218.485.5836 for more information.


Diabetes Wellness Group

Mercy's Diabetes Wellness Group meets at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of every month in the Conference Room of the Mercy Wellness Center, 30 Arrowhead Lane, Moose Lake.


Please join us for education and support.


2017 Topics: 

January 9 - Managing Sick Days
February 13 - Benefits of Physical Activity with Diabetes
March 13 - The In and Out of Carbohydrate Counting
April 10 - Driving Safely with Diabetes
May 8 - Dealing with Diabetes during the Summer Months
June 12 - Strategies for Eating Out

Call 218.485.5836 for more information.