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Skill Management Program

Diabetes EducationThe Diabetes Education and Skills Management Program at Santiam Hospital teaches self-management skills to patients who have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, including gestational diabetes, and those who have been living with the disease for years.

The Diabetes Education and Skills Management Program is designed to help patients learn to control blood glucose, which lessens risk of complications that can result from diabetes.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires patients to make multiple decisions throughout the day – what to eat, when to eat, how to check blood sugar and how to manage high or low sugars – to prevent purpose of an education-based program is to help patients modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

Instruction is provided in a classroom format, and individual consultations are also offered. The program is managed by Rachael Beyer, Clinical and Outpatient Dietician. Rachael, a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetic Educator, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Food Systems and Nutrition from Oregon State University, with an internship at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

The Diabetes Education and Skills Management Program at Santiam Hospital is accredited through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. A doctor’s referral is required to participate.

To learn more, call Santiam Hospital at 503-769-2175.