Team Member Named Diabetes Educator Of the Year

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: May 20, 2008 – Margaret Evelyn Tatum, RN, CDE, was recently named the Jacksonville Association of Diabetes Educators (JADE) Educator of the Year for 2007. Tatum is a certified diabetes educator at the Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus in St. Marys.

Tatum had to meet strict criteria in order to win the award. That criterion included serving as the JADE secretary from 2006-2007, as well as serving on the Annual Diabetes Seminar. She also had to assist community organizations by providing speakers, information, and resources. Additionally, Tatum spoke twice at Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS), served as room moderator at American Association of Diabetes Educators conferences in both Los Angeles and St. Louis, Missouri, and provides support to area school nurses.

She serves on the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Make Them Safe at School program, as well as the ADA Savannah Office Advisory Board, and is a member of the Coastal Medical Access Project’s Advisory Board for the chronic disease management program. Tatum also teaches diabetes education classes, runs a monthly diabetes support group at the Camden Campus and was featured as a guest speaker at Savannah Diabetes University. In addition to her work with ADA, Tatum served as the county chairperson for the 2007 Camden County Relay For Life.

She earned her Associate’s degree in nursing from what is now Charleston Southern University in 1983. Tatum is a resident of St. Marys and began her nursing career in Camden County at Gilman Hospital in 1988, before moving to the new Camden Campus in 1993.

“It is an Honor to be recognized for assisting people in learning about their disease of diabetes and to know they are not alone in this endeavor,” Tatum says. “I really love my job and working with the clients as I do."