October 14, 2010
KCH Offers Diabetes Education Program to Area Residents

Kane Community Hospital, an affiliate of Hamot Health Foundation, is working with Great Lakes Home Health Care Services to provide diabetes education to local patients.

The Diabetes Institute, a division of Great Lakes Home Healthcare Services, is dedicated to providing high quality education.   Each educator is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) who has taken additional training to be able to provide participants with accurate, current information about their diabetes.

The Diabetes Self Management Training Education (DSMT) presented by the Diabetes Institute is provided by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized education center offering assurance that the ADA standards are met and exceeded. 

KCH and the Diabetes Institute welcome your questions and comments and look forward to your participation in these classes.  The series of classes meet all ADA requirements, with the class series covering nine content areas established by the ADA. 

These include: describing the diabetes disease process and treatment options; incorporating nutritional management into lifestyle; incorporating physical activity into lifestyle; using medication(s) safely and for maximum therapeutic effectiveness; monitoring blood glucose and other parameters and interpreting and using the results for self-management decision making; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications; developing personal strategies to address psychosocial issues and concerns, and developing personal strategies to promote health and behavior change

To participate in the class you’ll need a referral from your physician. For more information please call Amy Peterson, LPN, KCH Diabetes Education coordinator at 814-837-4658.  The 3.5 hour educational sessions will be once a month.

Mammography Program at KCH

(l-r):  Here Diane Harbaugh, RN, BSN, CDE, Manager of the Diabetes Institute at Great Lakes Home Healthcare Services with Amy Peterson, LPN, and coordinator of KCH Diabetes Education get ready for the start of a continuous Diabetic Education Program at KCH.