- Pioneering leadership: Rush Oak Park Hospital (ROPH) was one of the first outpatient diabetes centers in the Chicago area to be awarded recognition status by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for educating patients with diabetes. Our innovative inpatient diabetes program was among the first in the country and the second in the state to receive the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission and the American Diabetes Association.
- Advanced technology and tools for people with diabetes: We offer the latest medications, meters, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. These sensors give your physician a complete, detailed profile of your disease by monitoring blood glucose levels every five minutes for up to six days.
Comprehensive, personalized diabetes education: Our goal is to help you manage the daily challenges of diabetes. You’ll learn:
- Healthy meal planning
- Self-testing for blood glucose
- How to incorporate physical activity into your life
- How to prevent short- and long-term complications of diabetes
- Education on diabetes medication
- Training on glucose meters, insulin pumps and continuous glucose sensors
- Strategies for managing depression and anxiety
- Factors affecting blood glucose levels and how to manage them
- Assistance with personal health goal setting
Follow-up phone calls from team members will help you with your individual challenges.
Experienced, multidisciplinary medical teams: Established in 1991, the Diabetes and Endocrine Center connects you to a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Our team includes:
- Board-certified endocrinologists (who specialize in glands that produce hormones)
- Certified diabetes educators
- Endocrine surgeons from Rush University Medical Center
- Kidney and pancreas transplant surgeons from Rush University Medical Center
- Internal medicine physicians
- Nurse practitioners
- Registered dietitians
In addition, patients have access to a full spectrum of specialists and subspecialists, many of whom practice at both ROPH and Rush University Medical Center. They include:
- General surgeons
- Nephrologists (kidney specialists)
- Nurse practitioners
- Ophthalmologists/retina surgeons
- Physical therapists
- Thyroid cancer specialists
- Newly renovated 10,000-square-foot outpatient facility: Conveniently located at ROPH, the redesigned diabetes center creates a comfortable setting for patients and their families. As always at ROPH, all parking — including valet parking — is free.
- Project Lifestyle Change: Funded by a grant to ROPH, this free, yearlong education program focuses on patients who have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. It teaches healthy habits that can help prevent and manage diabetes.