Laughlin Memorial Hospital

Diabetes Self-Management Education* and Training Program


The Diabetes Self-Management Education* and Training Program at Laughlin Memorial Hospital has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association.  This program was originally Recognized in September of 2000 and has maintained Recognition since.  This program offers high- quality education services to the patients it serves.

                 The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the fall of 1986, is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.  Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of –the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

                 Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment.  One consequence of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes.  The participant in an ADA Recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen.  All approved education programs over the following topics as needed:  diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting, and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting, and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy, and gestational management. 

                Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. 

                 For more information, contact:  Beverly Gott, RN, CDE at (423)787-5195 or by email at or fax (423)787-5187.


Beverly Gott, RN, CDE, CPT (registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, certified insulin pump trainer)

Ashley Head, MS, RD, LDN, CPT (masters’ degree, registered dietitian, licensed dietary nutritionist, certified insulin pump trainer)

Current Educational Offerings:

Diabetes Education (group setting)

Diabetes Education (individual setting)

Nutritional Counseling

Insulin Instruction

Diabetes Medication Instruction

Glucometer Instruction/Training

Insulin Pump Instruction/Training/Management

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (72-hour screen)

Diabetes Support Group (April – September yearly)


How to enroll:

Physician referral is required for classes and individual instruction.  Call 423-787-5195 for more information.