Coming Together to Provide Remarkable Care at New Mercy Health Emergency Department in Muskegon

Nurses Amy Panozzo and Jennifer Fornaro

A year ago, Amy Panozzo, RN, and Jennifer Fornaro, RN, didn’t know each other, despite the fact that they are both Emergency Department (ED) nurses for Mercy Health in Muskegon. Panozzo works on the Hackley Campus, and Fornaro works on the Mercy Campus.

“I have been a nurse for 18 years, with 16 of those being in ED,” said Fornaro. “I did not know Amy prior to this consolidation group but am so glad that I do now.”

Panozzo has worked at the Hackley ED for the five years she has been a nurse. “I met Jennifer at the consolidation meetings, and we have worked exceptionally well together,” Panozzo added.

The consolidation they are referring to is the coming together of their two EDs later this month. At that time, the new medical center on the Mercy Campus will fully open, and most of the ED staff from the Hackley Campus will join the ED staff on the Mercy Campus. The trauma team from the Hackley Campus will be the last group to come to the new ED in late 2019.

A stand-alone Emergency Center will remain open on the Hackley Campus at that time for local, walk-in patients.

nurse’s station or “beehive”

In the meantime, later this month, the Fazakerley Family Emergency Center on the Mercy Campus will be open for patients in its brand new facility in the new tower, but will not operate at full capacity until the Medical Center Grand Opening in late 2019. Because both the Hackley and Mercy EDs will still be open, the public is encouraged to continue to go to the Mercy Campus for chest/heart pain and to the Hackley Campus for trauma. Paramedics will continue to assess patients’ needs and take them to the appropriate campus.

Panozzo and Fornaro are excited about what this consolidation will mean for the community.

“It will be nice to have the expertise all in one facility, so patients don’t have to make a decision about which hospital to go to. Everything will be at Mercy Campus. It will be better for patients not to have to be transported to another campus, which can be really hard on our elderly patients,” said Panozzo.

ED exam room

“The new ED will be a great improvement for the community because we have planned this new facility to improve the care of our patients,” said Fornaro in agreement.

Fornaro has been working on the design and consolidation plans for the new ED for about five years. Eight to 10 nurses from the Hackley and Mercy Campuses form this grassroots ED consolidation team and meet monthly.

“Nurses from both hospitals wanted to come together to have a say of how to incorporate the best processes from each campus into the new ED or to develop new ones together,” Panozzo explained.

Team members have found ways to leverage efficiencies by coordinating the processes for choosing supplies, stocking drawers, staffing levels, cleaning rooms and deciding which patients are fast-tracked, to name a few.

“We’ve embraced and welcomed each other’s ideas. We’ve always tried to figure out the best process for the patient,” said Fornaro.

By design, the new, 67-bed facility is organized into pods, each with its own private patient rooms placed around a nurse’s station, med rooms, storage, nourishment rooms and staff of physicians and nurses.

Patients will notice not only each room has a toilet, but the private patient rooms also feature cardiac monitors, making it possible to treat any kind of patient, rather than designating certain rooms for particular patient needs.

Safety for patients is built into the new ED, such as:

  • The latest medical equipment.
  • A CT suite, fluoroscopy and X-ray rooms located next to the department for ease of patient transport.
  • Designated elevators for trauma patients who need to be transported quickly.
  • Nearby surgical suites round out the many design elements that focus on what is best for the patient.

Walk-in patients will also notice improvements. All day, every day, at the front desk, there will be a registered nurse, who will have “eyes on the patients” from the moment they come to the ED.

All Mercy Health ED nurses are certified for trauma through the Trauma Nursing Corporation Curriculum of the Emergency Nurses Association, and they undergo yearly training. When the trauma center moves from the Hackley to Mercy Campus ED in late 2019, the Mercy nurses will be able to put their training to use with hands-on experience and guidance from the Hackley nurses.

Fornaro explains: “Personally, I’m excited to learn from the Hackley nurses because they serve trauma patients, and we do not. Once the consolidation is complete, we’ll have more well-rounded nurses.”

“And we’re excited to learn more about heart and nephrology from the Mercy nurses,” chimed in Panozzo.

Panozzo encourages nursing staff of each department to reach out to their counterparts who work on the other campus and form a nurse-led committee with everyone together. “Get involved. It empowers the staff who will be moving, and together, the committee can work to determine what is best for the patient.”

Fornaro agrees. “We’re all one, with the same goal — placing the needs of the patient first. By coming together, you put aside Mercy vs. Hackley.”

Learn more about Mercy Health’s consolidation in Muskegon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2018 Mercy Health Living Our Values Colleague Awards – Muskegon

Congratulations to the recipients of the Winter 2018 Living Our Values Colleague Awards in Muskegon. They were nominated by colleagues who have witnessed them living the values of Mercy Health: Reverence, Commitment to Those Who Are Poor, Justice, Stewardship and Integrity.

  • Rafael Cabrera, RN in Psychiatric Unit Adult
  • Julie Anne Ely, Data Operations Coordinator for Informatics
  • Judith Kell, Hub Operations Manager for the Health Project/Pathways to Better Health
  • Karen Tovey, Case Manager RN in Care Coordination
Rafael Cabrera, RN
Julie Anne Ely
Judy Kell
Karen Tovey RN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Colleagues are invited to attend the Colleagues Award Ceremony in Muskegon that will take place on December 4 from 3:-4:30 in Youngberg Auditorium on the Hackley Campus. The reception will be from 3-3:30, and the award ceremony will begin at 3:30. Congratulations recipients!

 

The Act of Giving Brings You More in Return Than You Might Realize

We know that giving of our time and financial resources benefits the recipients. Our acts of charity, generosity and kindness can make tangible, positive differences in the lives of others. Plus, giving actually feels good. Helping others gives many of us that “warm glow.” But did you know there may be a biological basis for the increase in happiness and health that comes from generous behavior?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation were involved in a study that showed the brain’s pleasure centers became activated when people donated money to charity. Researchers took advantage of a brain imaging technique known as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which shows when specific regions of the brain are activated. The higher brain response to voluntary giving might correspond to the “warm glow” people reportedly experience when they’ve donated money to a good cause.

In addition to increasing your feeling of gratification, studies have found other mental health benefits including lowered levels of stress and anxiety. Giving and volunteering can have physical benefits as well. Some studies have shown a decrease in blood pressure and a strengthening of the immune system when we give of ourselves. And this is not simply a case of healthier people being more generous. The health benefits are clear.

Remember though, it’s not all about money nor the amount. Donating your time and energy counts just as much. It could be something as simple as giving up your seat on the bus.

Mercy Health would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to live a healthy life by thinking about the ways you might give of yourself to better the circumstances of individuals or your community. This is your chance to not only improve the lives of others, but to improve your own health, sense of well-being and happiness as well. Everybody wins.

Explore ways to give to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Foundation

Explore ways to give to Mercy Health Office of Philanthropy in Muskegon

 

 

A Message from Rob Casalou on Mercy Hospital Tragedy in Chicago

Message on behalf of Rob Casalou, president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health

We are saddened by yesterday’s tragic shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, a fellow ministry of Trinity Health. As our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families and hospital colleagues, we are again reminded that senseless violence takes place in the communities we serve.

After tragic events, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by grief, worry and concern for others. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a helpful resource to support you and your family during difficult times. Colleagues can visit the MyBenefits EAP page to learn more. Check with your EAP provider to learn more about the services they provide.

Health care facilities are not immune to violent acts and it’s scary to wonder if an active shooter event could ever happen at one of our facilities. Awareness, communication and early notification of any event are the best defense against the threat of violence.

In addition to the ongoing work of our workplace violence committees to develop streamlined strategies to reduce and respond to these threats, our security teams have ramped up their efforts over the past several years, making mandatory A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training available to all staff upon hire and upon request. The full schedule of trainer-led and online ALICE courses is available on HealthStream.

Our security teams also conduct routine walkthroughs of our campuses to identify vulnerabilities, exit routes and areas of protection, and conduct regular, full-scale active shooter exercises, working in close coordination with local emergency responders, police, fire and EMS agencies.

Most importantly, we would like to encourage colleagues to bring any verbal threats by patients/visitors, domestic issues or personal protection orders to Security’s attention as early as possible. In the event of an active shooter event, our overhead paging systems use “plain language” announcements for added clarity.

While no amount of preparation can ever completely eliminate the prospect of violence from happening within our facilities, we continually strive to maintain a safe and secure environment of care, and provide colleagues with training to protect ourselves and the people we care for.

Click here to read Trinity Health CEO Rick Gilfillan’s statement.

Housewide Educational Blitz Demonstrates Culture of Patient Safety

Nurse Katie Knott teaches Trent Paynich from Radiology about fall precautions within a patient room.

Annual Educational Event Proactively Invited Any Colleague Who Interacts With Patients to Learn Evidence-Based Processes

Ongoing education and continual training keep nurses current on evidence-based practices and help keep our patients and colleagues safe. Taught and led by a nursing administrative group known as professional development specialists (PDS), this continual education is held onsite for nurses at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s on an annual basis.

This year, the PDS took a proactive and inclusive approach by inviting a few extra friends to participate in these efforts: more than 1,700 colleagues, to be approximate, or any colleague one who interacts with patients at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

Damian Omness demonstrates how to use the privacy function on a video remote monitoring device used for medical interpretation to two nurses.

“As an educator team, we are already doing the education for nurses, and we wanted to expand the invitation to other departments for their benefit and for that of our patients,” said Sarah Choryan, MSN, RN-BC, professional development specialist for Mercy Health.

Coined as the first “Housewide Educational Blitz,” hundreds of colleagues were invited to learn more about evidence-based processes at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Invited departments, such as Radiology, Pharmacy, Environmental Services, Pathology, The Wege Institute, Nutrition Services and others were asked beforehand to complete a survey, asking them what topics would be of special interest to them.

From these survey results, the educational sessions were tailored to meet specific participant needs. For example, the Radiology department identified safe lifting as a topic of interest as a way to keep themselves and their patients safe.

Thirteen stations, led mostly by nurses, one led by Respiratory Therapy, over a period of seven days, were held throughout September and October 2018. Topics included, but were not limited to:

  • Contact precautions
  • Suicide precautions
  • Video Remote interpreting
  • Disinfection
  • Fall precautions
Lindsey Huizenga, massage therapist with The Wege Institute, Mind, Body and Spirit, learns about contact precautions from nurses during the Housewide Educational Blitz.

“If you have many health care professionals being diligent and aware of the same things for our patients, we can keep our patients that much safer,” said Carrie Monaghan, RN, an Emergency Department at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus, and who was hosting the station on suicide precautions. “The module on suicide precautions takes colleagues through the process of how to appraise someone as being at risk to themselves and how to identify room hazards.”

Participants like Lindsey Huizinga, a massage therapist at The Wege Institute, Mind, Body and Spirit, brushed up on how to properly use patient beds and what to do for patients who are experiencing contact precautions.

Katie Knott, BSN, who led the fall precautions station on October 11, explained to Trent Paynich, Radiology, “This is what the bed is supposed to look like,” for a patient who was at risk for falls and demonstrated how a fall mat would be used by nursing staff.

Trent Paynich, who works in Radiology, is studying for the self-led module about suicide precautions for patients during the Housewide Educational Blitz.

“We highly anticipate that this ‘Housewide Educational Blitz’ will become an annual event, open to all colleagues who cross the patient threshold,” said Choryan. “This educational opportunity is a great exercise to prepare our organization for the next survey by CMS and The Joint Commission, plus it’s the right thing to do for our colleagues and patients.”

Thanks to all the PDS and the participants who came out to learn how to keep patients safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helpful Tips for Those Living with Diabetes

It’s not easy finding out that you or a loved one has diabetes. However, educating yourself about this disease is the first step toward feeling better and living a longer and healthier life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population – are living with diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years. November is American Diabetes Month and Mercy Health would like to help you Live Your Whole Life by providing some helpful tips for managing diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers the following suggestions to help navigate treatment if you or a loved one has been diagnosed:

  • Create a health care team. Finding the right team of skilled health professionals will help you manage your diabetes and get the most out of your care. Ask your doctor to help you build a team to assist you in reaching your goals and feeling better. As part of the care management resources available to you, you may receive an outreach call from a nurse. When a nurse calls, please be sure to return the call and take advantages of the services offered to you.
  • Be the star player on your team. Self-care is the best way to maintain your good health. You can help keep yourself well by eating right, staying active, taking your medicine, monitoring your blood glucose and making and keeping doctor appointments.
  • Keep a close eye on your blood glucose levels. Your doctor may want you to start checking your glucose (or blood sugar) levels at home. If so, you will need a small machine called a blood glucose meter. Your health care team can help you find the best meter for your needs. Keeping your blood glucose levels in a healthy range is key to controlling your diabetes.
  • Take your prescribed medications. To help keep your blood glucose in the target range, it’s vital that you take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. If you believe you’re having side effects, be sure to call your doctor or pharmacist.

As you know, developing and maintaining a relationship with a primary care physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital to your good health. A PCP typically specializes in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or General Practice. If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions.

When you’re being treated for a disease or condition, it may not always be easy to decide where to go for care. For anything that is considered a life-threatening situation (like chest pain, major injuries or sudden and severe pain) it’s best to go to the emergency room.

For less severe matters that still require immediate attention, if you can’t get in to see your PCP, going to an urgent care facility can save you time and money.

Even if you require emergency or urgent care for your health situation, it’s always best to have a relationship with a PCP who knows your history and understands what is happening with your health over time.

Mercy Health is committed to helping you live a healthy life by nurturing well-being through body, mind and spirit.

Look to Mercy Health Physician Partners to find a provider here>>

 

Mercy Health Physician Partners to Open Clinic at Muskegon Community College

In partnership with Grand Valley State University and Muskegon Community College, this marks the first nurse practitioner-led clinic for Mercy Health.

The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house  for the new Mercy Health Physician Partners Quarterline Family Medicine clinic , inside the new Muskegon Community College (MCC) Health and Wellness Center, located at 221 S. Quarterline Rd. The event takes place at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

The clinic, which opens for students and patients in January 2019 – at the beginning of MCC’s winter semester – will provide care for residents in the currently underserved 49442 area of Muskegon and offer MCC nursing and medical assistant students opportunities to earn required clinical hours.

“This is going to be a wonderful setting not only for our community members to receive care, but an amazing place for various student disciplines to gain valuable health care experience,” said Kim Maguire, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services for Mercy Health Muskegon.

The need for a new health and wellness building – which included a health care clinic – was identified in MCC’s 2010 Facility Master Plan. “Facilities matter,” explained John Selmon, provost and executive vice president for Muskegon Community College. “Quality buildings and equipment support student success. Our students get to enjoy and experience learning in some of the best educational facilities in Michigan.”

The 4,000 square foot clinic includes eight exam rooms, a treatment room and lab. The clinic will accommodate three nurse  practitioners and required support staff.

“Mercy Health Physician Partners Quarterline Family Medicine represents the successful collaboration of Grand Valley State University, MCC, and Mercy Health Muskegon to bring a transformative and innovative health care service to our community,” said Kristen Brown, MD, vice president of Mercy Health Physician Partners. “It will provide robust, interdisciplinary education to the health care students that rotate through the facility. We are so proud to be a partner in this effort.”

Grateful Patient Gives Back to NICU Nearly Two Decades After NICU Saves Her Life; Honors Mother’s Wishes

Julie Buehler and Christa Buehler

Inspired by her (late) mother, teenager Christa Buehler donates grad party funds to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

For 200–300 babies each year, their first few hours, days or even weeks and months are spent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, while they are being evaluated or sometimes fighting for their lives.

One dramatic story is that of Christa Buehler, who was born three months before her anticipated due date, back in June 1999. “It seemed like a situation where either my mom Julie or I wouldn’t survive,” said Christa.

Weighing only one pound, three ounces at birth, Christa overcame the odds and is now thriving as a 19-year-old college freshman at Trine University. Her mother, Julie, who was in her 40s when she gave birth to Christa, and also survived the harrowing experience of the early delivery, thanks to the expert care she received.

“It was my mom’s idea for me to donate my money to the NICU, after the way the doctors and nurses had saved us all those years ago,” said Christa. “Through my experience, I have an idea of what the patients go through.”

Sadly, Julie never was able to see her daughter graduate from high school or donate her gift to the hospital.

Two days before Christa graduated from West Michigan Aviation Academy in the summer of 2018, Julie passed away from breast cancer that had spread to her brain.

As a way to honor her mother’s wishes, Christa and her father, Neil, set up a sign to let guests know that half of the funds received that day would be donated to the NICU at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. The other half of the gifts would go to another local organization.

Neil Buehler and Christa Buehler in her graduation cap and gown

Guests at her graduation party were surprised. “They had never heard of anyone donating their grad party money before, but they were impressed that I would do that.

“It made me feel better to donate the money,” said Christa of her gift. “This donation will give families the opportunity to experience the same miracle that we did, will preserve more lives so these children can find their place in this world and will prove to the world how blessed the gift of life truly is.”

Christa plans on continuing to give back and to honor her mother throughout her life by studying to become a biomedical engineer. “I want to continue helping patients, whether or not it’s through the NICU or any other patient who needs medical care.”

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is honored that Christa followed through in such a selfless way during such a difficult time in her life. Perhaps one day, Christa will consider working at Mercy Health as a biomedical engineer.  With the specialized medical equipment in the NICU and throughout the Mercy Health medical centers in West Michigan, such expertise is sought and greatly appreciated.

Mercy Health offers multiple ways to give.

In Grand Rapids, visit the Saint Mary’s Foundation web page.

In Muskegon, visit the Office of Philanthropy web page.

 

Divine Mercy Chapel at New Medical Center in Muskegon Designed to be Inspiring, Healing Sacred Space

Catholic health care is, first and foremost, a healing ministry.  The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry draw special attention to his acts of healing, and they remind us that the kind of healing Jesus offered was transformative, restoring people to wholeness — in mind, body, and spirit.

While emotional and spiritual healing occurs throughout our health ministry, it is central to our identity as a faith-based medical center to have a dedicated space that explicitly speaks to our healing mission.

The Naming Process

In December, 2015, a committee consisting of clinical, non-clinical, and community representatives was formed to develop a shared vision for the new Mercy Health medical center chapel. Nine members from a variety of faith traditions served on the committee and worked closely with HGA Architects to design an inclusive, welcoming, sacred space for private prayer and reflections, Catholic liturgy, and ecumenical prayer services.

In July, 2016 the Chapel Visioning Committee was expanded to include 18 additional members to develop a list of potential names for the chapel, and four names were advanced for all-colleague input. More than 750 colleagues participated in an online survey in September, 2016, voting for their preferred chapel name.

The winner? The Divine Mercy Chapel. This name honors the Roman Catholic devotion to Divine Mercy, informing the creation of a sanctuary in which people of all faith traditions can experience the merciful and healing love of Jesus.

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Special Architectural Features                                            

At every turn, visitors to the Chapel are surrounded by intentional, architectural features designed to represent healing, hope and serenity.

The ceiling’s distinctive design and height create drama within the chapel’s muted interior, drawing attention to the altar and tabernacle. The flooring is quartzite stone, and the walls are wrapped in white oak.

The altar and ambo are made of quartzite stone and were designed by HGA architects. The form of the altar was inspired by the original altar in the 1973 Mercy chapel. The water stoups were carved from a single piece of quartzite stone using a robotic arm at Quarra Stone Company in Madison, Wisconsin.

Handmade by skilled artisans at Progressive Bronze Products in Chicago, Illinois, the bronze tabernacle is embellished with the Chi Rho symbol — the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ: X P. The processional cross was restored by the T. H. Stemper Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The corpus on the 84-inch processional cross is a replica of French artist Jean Lambert-Rucki’s Corpus Christi.

This chapel features 15 Stations of the Cross, rather than the traditional 14. The final station depicts Christ resurrected, offering hope to visitors, and was popularized by Pope John Paul II during his pontificate. These unique Stations of the Cross were created from cast fiberglass at Demetz Art Studio in Bozen, Italy.

The stained glass windows were originally designed for the Mercy chapel in 1973 and have been cleaned and restored to create a sacred entryway from the medical center lobby into the Divine Mercy Chapel.

John Warner, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, created the Divine Mercy sculpture. Inspired by the popular image of Divine Mercy, this 9-foot sculpture is made of corten steel, stainless steel and bronze.  Warner’s abstract sculpture expresses the dynamic, loving energy that flows from the heart of Christ to all who desire healing. Mounted on a limestone base, the sculpture weighs almost 1,400 pounds.

The Divine Mercy Chapel was recently blessed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, The Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak. Open to all,, this sacred space combines the old with the new, and honors the faith-inspired legacy that is foundational to our mission:

We serve together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.

Regular Screenings, Knowing Your Numbers Can Help Catch Diabetes Early

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050 – unless we take steps to prevent it. If diabetes isn’t managed properly, it can lead to heart attacks, strokes, amputations, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage.

That’s why, during American Diabetes Month, Mercy Health would like to encourage you to care for yourself and your loved ones by reminding you of the importance of regular health screenings.

Prediabetes – One third of U.S. adults have it

Did you know that one in three American adults has prediabetes? However, only 11.6 percent are aware that they have the condition. But what is prediabetes and what affect can it have on one’s future health?

Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Prediabetes is also called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG). If left untreated, 15-30 percent of prediabetes will lead to type 2 diabetes within five years. Individuals with prediabetes are also at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

Take the quiz at the end of this article to find out if you are at risk for prediabetes.

Obtaining an annual health screening is the best way to find out if your numbers are within a healthy range for your gender, height and age.

If you would like more information on prediabetes and diabetes, please go to www.diabetes.org.

Having a primary care physician (PCP) who can coordinate your care is vital to your good health. A PCP typically specializes in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or General Practice. If you don’t have a PCP, finding one is easy! Just visit your insurance carrier’s website, look for the “find a doctor” area and follow the instructions.

Look to Mercy Health Physician Partners to find a provider here>>

Mercy Health is committed to providing resources that promote wellness though body, mind and spirit and is dedicated to helping you live a healthy life.

Take the Prediabetes Test – Know Your Score

Answer these seven simple questions. For each “Yes” answer, add the number of points listed. All “No” answers are 0 points.
Question Yes No
Are you a woman who has had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth? 1 0
Do you have a sister or brother with diabetes? 1 0
Do you have a parent with diabetes? 1 0
Find your height on the weight chart at the end of this article. Do you weigh as much as or more than the weight listed for your height? 5 0
Are you younger than 65 years of age and get little or no exercise in a typical day? 5 0
Are you between 45 and 64 years of age? 5 0
Are you 65 years of age or older? 9 0
Add up your score

If your score is 3 to 8 points: This means your risk is probably low for having prediabetes now. Keep your risk low. If you’re overweight, lose weight. Be active most days, and don’t use tobacco. Eat low-fat meals with fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, talk to your health care provider about your risk for type 2 diabetes.

If your score is 9 or more points: This means your risk is high for having prediabetes now. Please make an appointment with your health care provider soon.

At-Risk Weight Chart
Height Weight, pounds Height Weight, pounds
4’10” 129 5’7″ 172
4’11” 133 5’8″ 177
5’0″ 138 5’9″ 182
5’1″ 143 5’10” 188
5’2″ 147 5’11” 193
5’3″ 152 6’0″ 199
5’4″ 157 6’1″ 204
5’5″ 162 6’2″ 210
5’6″ 167 6’3″ 216
6’4″ 221

Trinity Health is a Catholic health care facility that is firmly committed to maintaining fidelity to its Catholic identity by closely conforming to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs).

Diabetes.org and the links it provides are independent sites and have no obligation to provide information that is always congruent with the ERDs. Trinity Health cannot guarantee their content and ask your discretion when using information from this site.