2012 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Report to the Community

Sheronda Thomas

Sheronda Thomas
Sheronda Thomas, St. Louis, Missouri

Center for Outpatient Health brings convenient, comprehensive care to the community

When Sheronda Thomas found out she was pregnant with her third child, she was excited but also concerned. Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2003, Sheronda had worked hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take care of herself for her sons, ages 14 and 18.

Early in her pregnancy, Sheronda wasn't feeling well and was diagnosed with hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, on a visit to Grace Hill Health Center. She was sent to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital emergency department for treatment. Once out of danger, Sheronda was referred to the Barnes-Jewish OB/GYN Clinic in the new Center for Outpatient Health for ongoing care. Opened in early 2012, the Center for Outpatient Health consolidated and upgraded five clinics, including the OB/GYN Clinic, which had been located in an older building on campus.

During her visits to the clinic, Sheronda was monitored closely. Babies born to women with diabetes, especially those with poor diabetes control, are at greater risk for birth defects and for having larger than normal babies. Sheronda attended a class with a diabetic educator and a nutritionist who shared additional ways to manage her diabetes during the pregnancy.

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This included learning to give herself insulin injections and to check her blood sugar, which she did six times each day.

"I really had to change my eating habits even more than I already had. Having to check my blood sugar so often was intense but definitely worth it," says Sheronda. "My daughter, Zion, was induced only one week early. She was a healthy 7 pounds, 12 ounces at birth and is thriving."

"Giving back to the community is one thing we can do to show that we care. We wouldn't be here if we didn't have our patients."

Sanjay Maniar, MD
resident physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital