The Bridgton Hospital Diabetes Clinic will sponsor its four-part Diabetes Education Program, Oct. 23, 25, 26 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the hospital clinic wing.

Bridgton Hospital has received the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.

The series requires physician referral and early registration is suggested due to its popularity (class size is limited to assure personal attention). Topics covered include: What is Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetes & Eye Care, Medications and Managing Your Diabetes, Proper Foot Care and Diabetes, Meal Plans and Diabetes. Medicare, 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. Michele Kurlanski, Podiatrist, Dr. N. Scott Ferguson, Optometrist, Linda Russell, MA, RD/LD, Bridgton Hospital Licensed Dietician, and Denyell Gerchman, Bridgton Hospital Pharmacist. These 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. Please contact Linda Russell, R.D./L.D. 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 647-6064, Elaine Drew, RN/Certified Diabetes Educator.

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