Dimension of Care: Physician Engagement

Richard Mason credits personalized care and attention from his physicians for improving his quality of life with diabetes.

Improving care for diabetic patients in rural areas

Brooks Thompson, MD, and Gary Cole, DO.

To manage diabetes, patients need to be engaged in their own healthcare. Patients who take their medications, eat right, and stay active tend to enjoy better health and longer lives.

In 2013, two doctors at Intermountain’s Mount Pleasant Clinic, Gary Cole, DO, and Brooks Thompson, MD, saw an opportunity to increase awareness of resources for people with diabetes in their Sanpete Valley community. The clinic staff wanted to help diabetic patients follow their treatment programs and noted that cost and time were often obstacles to patients.

So in May 2013, Mount Pleasant Clinic began hosting Diabetes Day—and the event was so successful that it will now be offered six times a year. Diabetic patients and their families are invited to come to the clinic to take advantage of a wide array of services. For example, patients can talk with counselors, pick up educational materials, get lab tests, review medications, receive foot and eye exams, review the use of blood glucose meters, and obtain other services.

“Diabetes Day was a huge help—and it was even fun,” said Richard Mason, who moved to Mount Pleasant from the Salt Lake Valley. “I was frankly amazed at the level of care, which I didn’t expect in a rural area like this. I feel better than I’ve felt in years, and I’m grateful the services are so convenient.”

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