MyClinic is happy to announce the successful implementation of the Diabetes Triple Aim Initiative. The program was developed in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and funded by Healthier Jupiter. Triple Aim Initiative was aimed at simultaneously improving the health of MyClinic’s patients with type 2 diabetes, enhance the experience and outcomes of the patient, while reducing the cost of care for the benefit of the community. The Program was designed as a 1 year-long program involving 12 patients with type 2 diabetes.
Under constant monitoring by the Care Coordinator, Karen Herrera, the participants received regular motivational phone calls and were advised with regard to their medication, nutrition and behavioral health. The group also met twice per month in a support group setting . This encouraged participants to freely share and discuss their progress, failures and receive professional counseling on topics related to diabetes education, stress management and making healthy lifestyle changes.
The positive improvements and transformations of the patients would not have been possible without the help of a dedicated team of staff, providers, volunteers and partners such as Jupiter Medical Center, who have provided the education component through their certified diabetes educator, Siobhan Walsh.
“I am fortunate with the opportunity to provide counseling and behavioral health services to MyClinic patients, as part of a Quantum grant since November 2016. The labor of compassion and care that I have witnessed with services offered by dedicated staff and volunteers makes this one of the most pleasurable jobs I’ve ever had. As part of a multidisciplinary team, we provide medical, nutritional, behavioral, case management and psycho-educational group support to MyClinic patients for a period of 1 year. The insight that many of the patients are developing as they share their personal challenges and triumphs is impressive.
The support group meets for 90 minutes and we start by introductions and how long have the participants been diagnosed with diabetes. The atmosphere is supportive and patients have been open and candid about their individual experiences and what has helped them understand their condition. The educational component of the group has included medical information about diabetes, stress management, exercise and nutritional information. At the same time, we are addressing all participants and provide incentives for attending the monthly groups.”