Hospital clinic offers diabetes ed program

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 22, 23, 27 and 29, in the hospital clinic wing.

The series requires physician referral, and early registration is suggested as class size is limited.
Topics will include the importance of exercise and physical activity, healthy meal plans and diabetes, hypoglycemia signs and symptoms, medications to control diabetes, complications and diabetes, diabetes and eye care, and diabetes and proper foot care. Medicaid and most insurance plans cover the course registration fee.
In addition to Elaine Drew, RN/CDE, a registered nurse who is also a certified diabetes nurse educator, lecturers will include Dr. N. Scott Ferguson, optometrist, and Bridgton Hospital professionals Denyell Gerchman, pharmacist, Linda Russell, MA, RD/LD, CDE, registered dietitian, and Karen Bogdan, OT, occupational therapist.
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. Contact 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 647-6062.
Bridgton Hospital has received the American Diabetes Association education recognition certificate.

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