Diabetes Care & Education

Diabetes Care Coordinator Dee Meerdink, RN, is part of a team that works closely with your family medicine provider, nurses, support staff, and our dietitians to help you navigate your healthcare and manage your diabetes … seamlessly and with less stress.

Olivia Chapman, ARNP, is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. As part of our Family Medicine team, Olivia works closely with her patients and their families, as well as Dee Meerdink, our Diabetes Coordinator/Educator.

Diabetes Myths

Let’s explore some myths about diabetes …

Preventing diabetic retinopathy

Today, diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States. You can prevent vision loss and blindness associated with diabetic retinopathy with a quick, painless, and convenient IRIS exam, conveniently performed in the Laboratory at our Orange City Family Medicine Clinic. It is important that diabetics receive annual retinal assessments for diabetic retinopathy, even if they are not experiencing problems with their vision. Most insurance plans cover this innovative procedure for their patients.

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Dee Meerdink, RN

Area of Specialty: Diabetes Care

Diabetes Care & Education

Orange City Area Health System is your partner in diabetes prevention, management, and care. Our Outpatient Diabetes Education Program is proud to offer comprehensive educational programs for those with diabetes. In addition to individual sessions with our diabetes care coordinator and registered dietician, OCAHS offers the following services:


Diabetes Self-Management Education Group Classes:

Taught by Orange City Area Health System’s highly trained diabetes education team; these 2 hour group classes are designed for newly diagnosed diabetics or for those who are looking for a refresher course. Topics covered include: Overview of diabetes, blood glucose monitoring, carbohydrate counting, food label reading, exercise, medications, complication prevention, sick day care, and stress management.


Gestational Diabetes Group Classes:

Orange City Area Health System’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program offers group classes to women diagnosed with gestational diabetes. With this class, expectant mothers learn the skills for managing their blood sugar through healthy eating, increased activity, blood glucose monitoring, and stress management.


Pre-diabetes Group Classes:

Concerned about Pre-diabetes? This 2 hour group class teaches you about healthier eating and exercise habits to improve your health and reduce your chance of having Type 2 Diabetes. Research has shown that losing weight and exercising most days of the week may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, a serious medical condition that develops more frequently in this population. Taught by Orange City Area Health System’s highly trained diabetes education team.


Carbohydrate Counting Review Classes:

These 2 hour group classes are taught by a registered dietician and focus on dietary management of diabetes. Participants review carbohydrate counting skills, portion control, fiber intake, fat intake, and learn valuable nutritional information.


Support Groups:

In conjunction with Orange City Area Health System’s Outpatient Diabetes Education Program, OCAHS offers two Diabetes Support Groups to the community: Sweet Talk Support Group and Sioux County Support Group.


Insulin Pump Management:

Pumps can help some people achieve better control and some people prefer this continuous system of insulin delivery over injections. Contact the diabetes care coordinator for more information.


Continuous Glucose Monitoring services:

Continuous Glucose Monitoring can be used by type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients who would like better glucose control to improve the health and quality of their lives. Contact the diabetes care coordinator for more information.

Medical Nutrition Therapy:

Registered dietitians are available to provide nutrition therapy for a range of issues and conditions.

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system encompassing four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, award-winning hospital, birth center, surgical center, radiology and laboratory services, occupational health services, specialty outreach services, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, a retirement community, and a senior care center. The health system campus – designed with privacy and total healing as its foundation – is situated on 37 acres, including a pond with fountain, a healing garden, and a field of prairie grasses and wild flowers adjacent to the PuddleJumper Trail.

A team of 19 family medicine providers, along with dedicated nurses, medical specialists, and 500 support staff, are committed to serving the region with the Core Values of Integrity, Commitment to Excellence, Dedicated Colleagues, and Extraordinary Customer Experience. Orange City Area Health System has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation, one of “50 Critical Access Hospitals to Know” in the U.S., and a Women’s Choice Award recipient for Outstanding Patient Experience.