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Kathleen Hebdon certified in diabetes education

SPRINGVILLE — The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators announced that Kathleen Hebdon, nurse manager of health promotion and education at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, achieved diabetes educator status, by successfully completing the certification examination for diabetes educators. Candidates must meet eligibility requirements in order to take the examination.

Currently, there are more than 17,870 diabetes educators who hold NCBDE certification.

Hebdon has worked for BCH and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home, in various positions, for more than 10 years, including labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator, cardiac rehabilitation nurse and in diabetes education. Hebdon has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and is also certified as a nurse-patient educator and natural childbirth educator.

“Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is fortunate to be able to offer this expert health education to our patients, as a result of Kathy’s efforts” said Darlene Schrantz. “We extend our congratulations to her on this important achievement.”

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is an accredited American Association of Diabetes Educators Program site. Accreditation means that BCH has incorporated staff education and policies, to ensure a standardized, evidenced-based curriculum is presented to all clients that enter the program. The multidisciplinary diabetes education team consists of a registered nurse, a certified dietician-nutritionist, two registered dietetic technicians and a pharmacist. The comprehensive AADE program consists of 13 hours of diabetes education.

In January 2014, BCH will host a free diabetes support group, every first Monday of the month, from 6-7 p.m. The support group will be for any pre-diabetic, diabetic and their family members. Support group meetings will be facilitated by a diabetes instructor, but will be an open meeting, run by the participants. Participants will be able to share their experiences, receive support from others with diabetes, share recipes and stay up to date on diabetes-related news.

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