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Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Services

Registered Dietitians accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provide medical nutrition therapy at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital and are available upon appointment to help clients improve their nutritional status.

A physician's referral is necessary to obtain nutrition counseling services; however, Registered Dietitians at St. Anthony's are available to assist clients in contacting their physicians for counseling orders. Nutritional counseling may include, but is not limited to the following:

    Prenatal and postnatal nutrition
    Pediatric/adolescent weight management
    Adult weight management
    Food allergies
    Polycystic ovary syndrome
    Cardiovascular disease

Registered Dietitians assess nutritional needs, individualize meal plans, assist in goal setting and provide follow-up care. Follow-up visits are encouraged in order to facilitate lifestyle changes and assist clients in meeting their goals.

Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Services

Counseling appointments for the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Centers in Effingham are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through our Diagnostic Scheduling at 217-347-1540 or 1-800-900-1540. Appointments subject to availability.


Our Registered Dietitians:

Lisa Gradle, MS, RD
TEL: 217-347-1346

Adrienne Jarrell, MS, RD, CDE
TEL: 217-347-3593

Susan Ealy, MS, RD
TEL: 217-347-1455

Tracy Dennis, MS, RD
TEL: 217-347-1346


Diabetes Self-Management Program

Managing your diabetes can be a lot to handle. There's so much to learn and many lifestyle adjustments to make. Whether you've just been diagnosed with diabetes or have had diabetes for a long time, the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital can support you in managing your diabetes.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program is designed to enhance the skills of those with diabetes in an effort to achieve successful health-related outcomes. The program offers comprehensive, high-quality, multidisciplinary diabetes education to people with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and secondary forms of diabetes.

As part of the program, a Certified Diabetes Educator will assess your individual needs and provide you with practical solutions. Education may be provided by meeting with instructors one-on-one or in a class setting. The goal of this program is to make sure you know what to do to stay healthy and reduce the risk of serious complications associated with diabetes such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage."

The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association as providing high quality diabetes education.

Participants learn about:

    Diabetes disease process
    Nutritional management
    Physical activity
    Monitoring Blood Sugars
    Personal health habits/sick day management
    Prevention, detection, and treatment of acute and chronic complications
    Goal setting
    Problem solving
    Psychosocial adjustment to diabetes

How do you enroll?

A physician order or referral is required for the program. Call St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Scheduling department at 217-347-1540 or Toll Free 1-800-900-1540 to set up an appointment with an educator for an individualized initial assessment. At the initial assessment, the educator will offer you times and dates for future classes.

For additional information regarding the program, contact 217-347-1455.

Our Staff Educators:
Adrienne Jarell, RD, CDE
Lisa Gradle, RD