Diabetic Education

Steve Welty educator

Steve Welty, Educator

Steve’s Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8 am – 6 pm

Phone: (618) 662-2191

Email: steve.welty@claycountyhospital.org

During those hours Steve meets with people on an individual or group basis, whatever works best for the patient. He addresses the challenges of living with diabetes and offers advice.

Clay County Hospital offers a free and open Diabetes Support Group on the third Thursday of each month, starting at 3 pm and again at 6 pm. These meetings are held in the hospital conference room.

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.

Clay County Hospital has an American Diabetes Association recognized diabetes self-management education program located at the Clay County Hospital Medical Clinic in Flora. This program is available to teach you how to manage your diabetes, understand how diabetes works, and helps with different kinds of diabetes medicines, such as insulin starts. Because this is an ADA recognized program, Medicare and private insurances can be billed. Financial assistance forms are also available to those who qualify or are in need.


Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

Gestational Diabetes

During pregnancy — usually at around 28 weeks or later — many women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn’t mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding blood glucose (blood sugar) levels while you’re planning your pregnancy, so you and your baby both remain healthy.

Phone Numbers

The Diabetic Education office is located in the Clay County Hospital Medical Clinic in Flora and is open Tuesday thru Friday.

Steve Welty, RN, Diabetes Educator:

Phone: (618) 662-2191

Email: steve.welty@claycountyhospital.org

Diabetes Support Group Schedule

  • January 19, 2017-Exercise Benefits.
  • February 16, 2017-Portion Control
  • March 16, 2017-The Problems with Diabetes.
  • April 20, 2017- Diabetes and Footcare
  • May 18, 2017-Recipe sharing/nutrition information
  • June 15, 2017-Weightloss’effect on blood sugar
  • July 20, 2017-Why Monitor Blood Sugar
  • August 17, 2017-Continue Your Diabetes Journey
  • Sept. 21, 2017-Affording Diabetes Medication
  • October 19, 2017- Developing a Plan
  • November 16, 2017-Surviving the Holidays
  • December 21, 2016-Looking Forward-Set Goals

We always meet on the 3rd Thursday for the support group, located in the Clay County Hospital’s conference room at 3PM and 6PM.

Please call 662-2191 and ask for Stephen Welty, RN with any diabetes education questions. These support group meetings are FREE and OPEN to the public.