Diabetes Management Services

Holy Cross Hospital's Diabetes Management Services provides quality education, resources and support

 to individuals who are challenged with the diagnosis or prevention of type 1, type 2, and/or gestational diabetes.

Education on all aspects of diabetes including disease process, medications, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring, prevention of acute and chronic complications, goal setting and problem solving is included. Intensive insulin management is provided, and insulin pumpstarts are facilitated.

Two nurse educators and a registered dietitian staff the Diabetes Management Services Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00 pm. Educators work closely with the individual’s primary care physician to achieve health goals. Please get a referral fromyour physician for services from Diabetes Management Services.

Providers include:

Suzan Kargula, MSN

Linda Buckingham, RN, BSN, CDE

Angela Torrez, Pharm D


Medical Director:

Dr. Neal Friedman 

Dr. Friedman

Dr. Friedman is a practicing Endocrinologist in rural New Mexico. He is also the co-Medical Director of the local Physician Hospital Organization as well as this Diabetes program. He previously was the Medical Director of SOUTH CENTRAL Preferred, a provider sponsored PPO and TPA in South Central Pennsylvania and was Medical Director for Disease Management for Wellspan Health, while still practicing endocrinology, primarily in children. Prior to that, he was the Vice President for Medical affairs for Quality for Kaleida Health in Buffalo, New York and had responsibility for managed care issues for the largest municipal health system in upstate New York. Previously he was Medical Director for Disease Management at Lovelace Clinic and Medical Research Officer for the Lovelace Clinic Foundation. 

He is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of diabetes and obesity and was Medical Director of the Lovelace Diabetes Education and Management Program. He has carried out over 40 clinical studies, including numerous studies of agents for treatment of hypertension and dyslipidemia. He was editor-in-chief of the ADA journal Diabetes Forecast from 1994-1998. Dr. Friedman has special expertise in the area of chronic disease management. He was a consultant to the Department of Defense for development of their diabetes disease management program and had an international consulting business for chronic disease management.

Nutritional Counseling

Angela Borrego, Holy Cross Hospital's registered dietitian provides classes and one-on-one education and support to individuals and their families for many health conditions that can be improved by diet such as heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, arthritis, gastrointestinal disease, metabolic syndrome, and healthy eating for children, etc. A physician referral is required.

Appointments are held in at Holy Cross Hospital.

Please call (575) 751-5769 for more information.