We provide a multidisciplinary coordinated approach to the care of persons with diabetes both in the outpatient setting and, when needed, in the inpatient setting. Our initial evaluation is comprehensive and provides a thorough assessment of the health risks of the patient that are due to diabetes and commonly related health problems. We provide an educational assessment and dietary counseling, and provide both psychological services and counseling regarding factors that may interfere with a person's self-care. The team is led by two endocrinologists and three nurses with more than twenty years of experience working together in the care of diabetic patients. We have three nurse practitioners who work collaboratively with our endocrinologists, and five certified diabetes educators, a dietitian, and a clinical psychologist, all supported by our other trained clinical staff. We offer both individual and group diabetes education programs from basic to advanced as well as smoking cessation classes and support therapy groups. A full-service, in-house endocrine laboratory helps to support these services.
We work with obstetricians in the care of the pregnant woman with diabetes. We also work with pediatricians in the care of the adolescent with diabetes and with young adults with diabetes who are transitioning from a pediatric program.
We have worked with external insulin pumps of all types since the beginning of our practice and on continuous glucose sensors from the initial research studies to their present use in clinical care. Our past research has included work with implantable insulin pumps.
We offer consultative service in diabetes and endocrinology at North Kansas City Hospital. Also, we admit patients with diabetes and endocrine disorders directly to the hospital and provide these services 365 days per year. We make hospital visits daily with our team of endocrinologists and nurse practitioners supported by a nurse with expertise in diabetes care and patient safety with more than twenty years of experience.