Hospital sponsoring diabetes ed classes

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BRIDGTON – The Bridgton Hospital Diabetes Clinic will sponsor its four-part diabetes education program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Monday and Wednesday, July 18, 19, 23 and 25, in the hospital clinic wing.

The series requires physician referral and early registration is suggested as class size is limited. Topics will include “What is Diabetes Mellitus,” “Diabetes and Eye Care,” “Medications and Managing Your Diabetes,” “Proper Foot Care and Diabetes” and “Meal Plans and Diabetes.” Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans cover the registration fee.

In addition to Elaine Drew, RN/CDE, a registered nurse who is also a certified diabetes nurse educator, lecturers will include Dr. Michelle Kurlanski, podiatrist; Dr. Thomas Gordon, optometrist; Linda Russell, MA, RD/LD, Bridgton Hospital licensed dietitian; and Denyell Gerchman, Bridgton Hospital pharmacist.

The classes are designed to give general information about diabetes and help the patient manage their diabetes. The course also introduces patients to a diabetes support system. A dietary consultation is required, and should be done before the classes begin. Call Russell at 647-6062 to schedule an appointment.

Participants are encouraged to bring a relative or a friend with them. For more information about the program or to register, call Drew at 647-6064.

Bridgton Hospital has received the American Diabetes Association education recognition certificate for its diabetes self-management education program.

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