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Baptist Takes ‘Care’ of Diabetes Patients

Baptist DeSoto team members (left to right): Beth Lansdell, director of case management and social services; Chaplain Steve Edmonds, pastoral care director; Chaplain Terry Coleman, senior staff chaplain; Rachelle Richardson, student dietitian intern; and Allison Williams, student dietitian intern, sealing the 100th care package they prepared for newly diagnosed diabetes patients.

A Mid-South Food Bank program – that Baptist helped fund – offers special “care” for newly diagnosed diabetes patients.

The program provides care packages to patients at Baptist DeSoto and the Baptist Outpatient Care Center in Germantown, Tennessee, that contain a two-week supply of shelf-stable, diabetic-appropriate foods. The packages are delivered to patients, and dietitians help educate them about making healthy food choices, reading labels, portion control and learning to choose diabetic-appropriate foods.

Each box includes peas, mixed vegetables, chicken noodle soup, dry cereal, 1% milk, canned tuna, canned chicken, pear halves, fruit cups, applesauce and information about local food banks.