Ginna Purrington, RN, BSN, CDCES
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Working together, we’ll develop your ability to safely pursue the activities, goals, and joys that shaped your life before your diabetes diagnosis.
– Ginna Purrington, RN, BSN, CDCES

Ginna Purrington, RN, BSN, CDCES

Certified Diabetes Educator

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Where I See Patients
Duke Children's Endocrinology Creekstone - Durham, NC
Lenox Baker Children's Hospital - Durham, NC
Working together, we’ll develop your ability to safely pursue the activities, goals, and joys that shaped your life before your diabetes diagnosis.
– Ginna Purrington, RN, BSN, CDCES

About Me

I have been managing diabetes since 1996 when I was diagnosed with type I diabetes. My diabetes journey has included training for bike races, trying many different ways of eating, using different types of insulin, pumps, and CGMs, and paying attention to my emotional health. One of the most profound changes in my life with diabetes occurred when I joined the staff of a diabetes camp. Finding a community of people who understood what my life was like helped me manage those times when diabetes felt like too much to handle. Professionally, I’m interested in the emotional challenges facing individuals living with lifelong conditions. I also stay current on technology, such as pumps, sensors, and new therapies. Although I live with diabetes, I respect that my patients' relationship to their condition will be informed by their own life, culture, and experience. When I am not at Duke Health, you can find me working in my vegetable garden, walking my dog, Alexander, hiking, camping, reading, and biking.

Languages I Speak

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Training and Education

BSN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Clinical Focus and Research

My Research Interests

I am interested in the impact of relationship-based focused care that considers the whole picture of diabetes management in the context of family and community life. My current quality improvement project, Duke Diabetes INNOVATIONS, utilizes frequent contact, recognition of positive progress, and individually tailored interventions to encourage self-efficacy in patients who have not found success according to traditionally recognized markers such as hemoglobin A1c.

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • Gateway Health Alliance
  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

External Relationships

Duke requires faculty members to report certain relationships outside of their employment in order to ensure potential conflicts can be addressed. This faculty member has reported no outside activities that relate to their Duke responsibilities.