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Diabetes Support Services

GAHHS Diabetes Support Services

1120 N. Melvin St.

Gibson City, IL 60936



You Can Thrive with Diabetes!


Whether you are new to having diabetes or have had it for years, our GAHHS Diabetes Support Services team is available to help you learn ways to manage diabetes that fit your life.


Diabetes is a disease that changes over time, and with each change comes the need for new knowledge, skills, and adjustments in your management plan. GAHHS has a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) with the experience, training, and skills to help you successfully manage all aspects of your diabetes. 


It is recommended that people with diabetes see a CDCES at these times:


  • When you’re diagnosed with diabetes
  • At least once per year or when you are struggling to meet your goals
  • When new complicating factors arise
  • During changes in your life and care


Want to feel empowered to better manage your diabetes?  Ask your provider about a referral to GAHHS Diabetes Support Services.  Our Team is dedicated to providing you with the support you need to live your best life!


Questions?  Call 217-784-2236 or Email [email protected]


Gibson Area Hospital's Diabetes Support Services program is accredited by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Accreditation represents a high level of quality and service to the community, and the ability to better meet the needs of Medicare recipients and others affected by diabetes in central Illinois.


ADCES is a National Accredited Organization (NAO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accredited programs must meet the 2022 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support; 6 standards that are revised every 5 years by a group of diabetes educators representing both ADCES and the American Diabetes Association and approved by CMS. Programs must maintain compliance with the Standards during the 4-year accreditation cycle.




Diabetes Support Group


If you have diabetes and would like to meet with others who understand firsthand what you are going through, consider attending the GAHHS Diabetes Support Group.  Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month (except December and January) from 4 pm to 5 pm at the GAHHS Education Center (209 E 8th Street, GC).   We provide an open environment for learning and sharing ideas, concerns, and feelings about living with diabetes.  No registration is required – feel free to show up and get the support you need!  If questions, call 217-784-2236.




Holly Retherford, MS, RDN, LDN
Holly Retherford, MS, RDN, LDN


Gibson Area Hospital, Outpatient Clinic, The Paxton Clinic

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Carly  Tock, MS, RDN, LDN
Carly Tock, MS, RDN, LDN


Gibson Area Hospital, Outpatient Clinic

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How to Contact Us

To contact Gibson Area Hospital directly call (217) 784-4251. For Security Concerns please call the Security Officer at (217) 784-2370. For general questions or comments about the GAHHS website, fill out the form on the contact page or email .

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