Published on August 20, 2012

Genesis Diabetes Care Center Manager Is An Iowa Hospital Hero

Marsha Menke, instrumental in founding the Genesis Diabetes Care Center more than 20 years ago, is always side-by-side with diabetes patients.

Throughout her more than 45 years as a nurse, Marsha Menke has exhibited extraordinary dedication to her career and to her patients. That dedication continues today with methods that have helped develop the Genesis Diabetes Care Center into a nationally recognized program with nearly perfect patient satisfaction scores.

For all she has done and for what she is continuing to do for diabetes patients in the midst of a world-wide epidemic of diabetes, Marsha Menke has been selected as an Iowa Hospital Hero of the Iowa Hospital Association.

In addition to helping found the program at Genesis, Menke developed a diabetes self-management program and an outpatient insulin pump program -- one of the first programs of its kind in the Midwest. She helped create a statewide diabetes directory; established a diabetes support group; and for nearly 20 years, has provided tireless support for insulin pump patients.

With nearly 700 patients on insulin pumps in the Genesis program, Marsha sleeps in three-hour segments. She awakens to take calls from new pump patients to see how they are doing. 

The dedication of Marsha Menke, RN, MS-Certified Diabetes Education, is reflected in the success of the program that she was instrumental in founding.

The Genesis Diabetes Care Center is a Recognized Program of the American
Diabetes Association. To attain this recognition, centers must conform to  rigorous program standards and demonstrate superior health outcomes. The Genesis Diabetes Care Center also has a 98 percent patient satisfaction rating.

The Genesis Diabetes Care Center is a Center of Excellence and is one of the largest insulin pump centers in the Midwest.

Marsha Menke will be recognized with other Iowa Hospital Hero award winners at the Iowa Hospital Association convention in October.

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