The Cray Center provides clinical management and education services that promote self management of diabetes. Located within the outpatient medicine clinics at the KU Medical Center, the center has been almost entirely supported by the Cray Medical Research Foundation for over 34 years, with recent additional support from KU Hospital.
Patients receiving diabetes management at the Cray Center are cared for by the diabetes team which includes an Endocrinologist, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, dietitian and diabetes educators. The team-based approach provides benefits of improved access to care, continuity of providers, and greater quality of care through a multi-dimensional framework. As an outpatient clinic, it collaborates with the Hospital’s diabetes staff to provide patients with follow up in diabetes care upon discharge.
In order to accommodate patients' needs as well as primary care provider preferences, the Cray center offers a comprehensive variety of services tailored for each patient including: team-based management, group education, one on one education, dietician services, continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump management. The Center is currently accepting new patients through provider or self-referrals.
The Cray Diabetes Self-Management Center officially started in 1976 with one part-time nurse focused on patient education. Cray Center staff now includes 1nurse practitioner,1 physician assistant,1 dietician/educator and 2 administrative staff. We provide a variety of services.
In addition to caring for diabetic patients, Cray professional staff also mentor future health care professionals in diabetes management, including medical students, basic and advanced nursing students, and pharmacology students.
The Cray Center has also become active in research activities