CHER Diabetes Education Center Provides Vital Education to Rural Communities

November 19, 2009
Spokane, WA

In the fight to control diabetes and the many health complications it can cause, education is a key tool to help patients lead healthy lives. In rural communities, however, this essential education can be difficult to access. To help increase access, the CHER Diabetes Education Center now provides on-site diabetes education consultations for patients at Lincoln Hospital in Davenport, Washington and Newport Hospital & Health Services in Newport, Washington.

The CHER Diabetes Education Center is a community-based outpatient education center committed to providing the latest information and management tools to people with pre-diabetes, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. Accredited by the American Diabetes Association, the Center is staffed by registered nurses, registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators, the Center offers education for patients of all ages, whether newly diagnosed or living with diabetes for years, to help them develop a customized diabetes management plan. 

“We are excited about this new partnership with rural hospitals in our region,” said Jennifer Polello, manager of the CHER Diabetes Education Center. “From diabetes self management and medication information to nutrition and exercise recommendations, our educators provide patient-specific education to meet their unique needs. By traveling to these rural communities, we are able to provide these vital services to a larger population and help more people manage their diabetes and lead healthy lives.”

The CHER Diabetes Education Center sees patients at Lincoln Hospital and Newport Hospital & Health Services monthly. For more information, call (509) 232-8145 or visit www.cherspokane.org.

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CHER Diabetes Education Center is a service of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). INHS is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Washington providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of its member hospitals Deaconess Medical Center, Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Valley Hospital & Medical Center, and the community. Other INHS services include St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Information Resource Management, Northwest MedStar, Health Training Network, health@work, Northwest TeleHealth, and the INHS Center of Philanthropy. For more information, visit www.inhs.org. 

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601 West 1st Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201
509.232.8100

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