Diabetes is an increasingly bigger healthcare problem. But Baptist Easley is here to help. Diabetes is a chronic disease that damages your organs if not controlled. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 114 million Americans have either type 2 Diabetes or pre-diabetes. More than one third of the U.S. population is unaware that they have pre-diabetes, while one quarter of our population doesn’t know that they have Type 2 Diabetes.

South Carolina has one of the highest incidences of diabetes. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequency of urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Increased fatigue
  • Blurred vision

Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. Our certified diabetes nurse educator provides support for people with diabetes to improve self-management skills, which leads to healthier outcomes.

What You Can Learn:

  • General Diabetes Overview
  • Healthy Meal Planning
  • Exercise and Activity
  • Medications
  • Monitoring
  • Reducing and Preventing Complications
  • Goal Setting and Lifestyle Changes
  • Preconception Care, Gestational Diabetes Management

Teaching Options

We offer individual and group sessions of this American Diabetes Association accredited class. Morning and evening classes are available. You’ll need a physician’s referral in order to bill insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.

Diabetes Department Staff

Elizabeth Stokes, RN, CDE, Program Coordinator
Karen Neal, Department Associate


You can file the fee with most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid. For more information about program fees, call 864.442.7661.

Diabetes Support Group

Date: Second Monday of each month (does not meet in June, July, or August)
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Branham Conference Center, first floor, Baptist Easley Hospital
Contact is Karen Neal, Baptist Easley Hospital, 864.442.7661.

This group gives you a chance to meet with other people with diabetes, as well as participate in special monthly programs about topics such as carb-counting, foot care, and stress management.