Diabetes Services in Stevens Point at Ministry Medical Group

The mission of Ministry Diabetes Services at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital is to empower individuals affected by diabetes by providing them with the self-care skills and resources necessary to manage all aspects of their disease, thereby reducing the risk of complications and improving the quality of their life.

Diabetes is a serious disease, which, if not controlled, can be life threatening. It is often associated with long-term complications that can affect every system and part of the body. Diabetes can, among other things, contribute to eye disorders and blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation, and nerve damage. It can affect pregnancy and cause birth defects, as well.

Although diabetes is a chronic and incurable disease (with the exception of gestational diabetes), with proper medical care, clinical therapies, diet, hygiene, and exercise, symptoms and complications can be successfully treated and managed.

"The Ministry Diabetes Services program is highly recommended to all who find themselves confronted with this life challenge. Kit and Deb are professionals who showed genuine interest in each individuals future well being."  - Brian Fedenko, Stevens Point

Creating a Treatment Plan

Our Ministry Diabetes Services team members realize that diabetes is a very personal disease. By getting to know you as an individual, we will work with you to create a self-management plan that meets your needs. This plan will Incorporate your daily activities, family demands, eating habits, health problems and school/work schedules.

Outpatient Education

  • Comprehensive diabetes education program
  • Recognized by the American Diabetes Association
  • Individualized appointments with diabetes nurse
  • Individualized appointments with diabetes dietitian
  • Individual appointments will be at least 1 hr. in length
  • Group classes: morning, afternoon & evening options
  • Follow-up appointments

You are encouraged to speak with your primary care provider to obtain a referral for outpatient diabetes education. Fees are determined by the length of each individual program. We encourage you to call your insurance provider to verify coverage for the diabetes education appointments.

Call 715.346.5180 to schedule an appointment. Check in for outpatient Diabetes Education appointments at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital Registration/HUB area.

Primary Care

Our certified Nurse Practitioner is here to:

  • Address urgent treatment needs
  • Conduct scheduled diabetes care appointments
  • Assist patients with insulin pump therapy
  • Work closely with physicians on diabetes management
  • Reinforce diabetes education and refer patients to
  • outpatient diabetes education program

Call 715.342.7730 to schedule an appointment with the nurse practitioner. Check in for appointments with the nurse practitioner at Ministry Medical Group Rice Clinic Internal Medicine.

Hospital Care

  • Assist nursing staff with diabetes patient education
  • Work closely with physicians regarding diabetes care and education
  • Facilitate patient enrollment


Involvement in the community includes an Adult Diabetes Support Group and partnerships with the Saint Michael’s Hospital Foundation and various community agencies.

Patient Satisfaction Survey Results (2008)

Ranking: 1=Strongly Disagree; 2=Disagree; 3=Neutral; 4-Agree; 5=Strongly Agree - (Questions 8 / 9 based on Y or N)
Survey Question
The information I received as part of my diabetes education has helped my make a difference in the way I manage my diabetes
The diabetes educator(s) explained the material in a manner that was easy to understand
The handout materials supported what I was taught and were appropriate for me
My diabetes educator(s) helped me set realistic goals to manage my diabetes
I received adequate information to feel confident to manage my diabetes at home
I would recommend Ministry Diabetes Services to others
The teaching rooms were a comfortable environment in which I learn
Did the diabetes educator(s) discuss your concerns about your diabetes with you?
After my diabetes education appointment I had information about:
1) when to call my doctor or diabetes educator with blood glucose results or questions

2) When I should return for follow-up appointments

1) Y=100%

2) Y=100%





  • "Excellent work with Kit identifying show changes in eating habits to reduce weight and identify hidden carbs and pancreas conditioning." Brent Holderman
  • "Coming to this class was very educational and the people were very helpful and pleasant. I would recommend to anyone that may find out they have diabetes." Steven Nelson
  • "It is nice to know that I am not alone and my questions and concerns are the same as others. It's nice to know that Deb and Linda and rest of staff is here for me all the time." Debbie Riske
  • "I believe this class has helped me a lot to understand how to use carbs and portion control, and helped me understand how foods work and how it changes my sugar levels." M. Patricia Barrera
  • “Everyone did an Excellent job of teaching.” P. McEvoy
  • “I enjoyed the class and it made me aware of the fact that I have a problem and I will do my best to make it right.”
  • “I have been a diabetic for 20 years and thought that I did not need a class, however when my blood glucose levels began going up I was willing to try these before having to go on insulin. I found the class, the educators, materials, and levels of education both enjoyable and valuable. My blood glucose levels have come down and I know they will be in normal ranges soon.” Kathryn A. Bemowski
  • “2 hour class was very informational. I really enjoyed it. Kit and Deb did a great job.” Donna Lothe “This course has taught me that I can live with diabetes and live a full life. I do not have to worry about eating the wrong foods, just do so in moderation and portion control.” Diane Frost

Diabetes Resources

To schedule an appointment with the diabetes nurse educator and/or the diabetes dietitian Educator call Outpatient Scheduling at 715.346.5180.

To schedule an appointment with the diabetes nurse practitioner call Ministry Medical Group scheduling at 715.342.7730

Diabetes Services team at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital:

Linda Bartram, RD, CD, CDE
Diabetes Dietitian Educator

Kit Werner, MS, RD, CD, CDE
Diabetes Dietitian Educator

Stephanie White, MSN, ANP
Diabetes Nurse Practitioner

Geralyn Filtz, RN
Diabetes Nurse Educator

Deb Napiwocki, RN, CPHQ
Diabetes Nurse Educator


American Association of Diabetes Educators - www.aadenet.org

American Dental Association - www.ada.org

American Diabetes Association - www.diabetes.org

American Dietetic Association - www.eatright.org

American Heart Association National Center - www.americanheart.org

American Optometric Association - www.aoanet.org

American Podiatric Medical Association - www.apma.org

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov/diabetes

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - www.cms.hhs.gov

National Diabetes Education Program - www.ndep.nih.gov

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse - http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm

National Eye Institute (NEI) - www.nei.nih.gov

International Diabetic Athletes Association - www.diabetesnet.com/diabetes_resources/idaa.html

National Kidney Foundation - www.kidney.org

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) - www.niddk.nih.gov

Weight-Control Information Network - win.niddk.nih.gov/

Information Request

To find out more about Ministry's services:

Submit an online Request or Contact Us by phone.

Certified American Diabetes Association Locations


Ministry Medical Group

Stevens Point
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