BertrandChaffeeBertrand Chaffee Hospital, of Springville, N.Y., was recently named an Accredited Diabetes Education site by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). This will enhance local residents’ access to critical diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully 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, RN, Certified Nurse Patient Educator;  and Kyle Schwann, Certified Dietician and Nutritionist.

AADE Diabetes Education and Training entails five 2-hour classes: Healthy Eating, Being Active, Monitoring & Reducing Risk Factors, Taking Medications, and Healthy Coping & Problem Solving. In addition, each client is entitled to three hours of individualized nutritional counseling.

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 the department manager, Kathleen M. Hebdon, at (716) 592-9643 for more information and 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 healthcare services in Western New York,” said Hebdon.

Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, program director of the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program, stated, “Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”