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Bertrand Chaffee Hospital named accredited diabetes education site

LET US HELP YOU — Pictured, from left: Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Diabetes Education Team members Elizabeth Cappola, Kyle Schwann, Kathy Hebdon and Nancy Fischer. Not pictured: Mike Barnett.
SPRINGVILLE — Bertrand Chaffee Hospital was named an accredited diabetes education site, by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, which will enable local residents’ access to diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process, through which people with or at risk for diabetes may gain the knowledge and skills to modify their behavior and self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The classes are presented by a team of diabetes educators, from various clinical fields.

The Bertrand Chaffee Hospital Diabetes Education Team members include Michael Barnett, doctor of pharmacy; Elizabeth Cappola, registered dietetic technician; Nancy Fischer, dietetic technician; Kathleen Hebdon, certified nurse patient educator and Kyle Schwann, certified dietician and nutritionist.

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, located at 224 East Main St. in Springville, will be offering diabetes education classes several times, throughout the year. The AADE accreditation provides the ability to accept most major insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. Clients can contact department manager Hebdon at 592-9643, for more information or to learn how to enroll.

“Our area has needed formalized diabetes education, for some time, and now Bertrand Chaffee Hospital can provide a nationally-recognized program, for our residents. I am really excited to be part of this positive addition to health care services in Western New York,” Hebdon said, about the program.

Leslie Kolb, program director of the diabetes education accreditation program, said, “Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is exactly the type of program we envisioned, when we set up our accreditation program, in 2009.”

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