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Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital Offers monthly support group meetings for children with diabetes

Next meeting of 2014 is on Monday evening, February 24

WARWICK – (February 11) – You are not alone.

The St. Anthony Community Hospital Center for Diabetes Education now offers parents and their children, age 12 and under who have type 1 diabetes, an opportunity to get involved monthly with a support group that can help manage their child’s diabetes day-to-day for a full and active life.

The Children’s Support Group meets on the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room at St. Anthony Community Hospital. The next meeting of 2014 will be on Monday evening, February 24.

According to the American Diabetes Association, as many as three million Americans are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Previously known as juvenile diabetes, the disease is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

“Living with diabetes is always a challenge for a child and his or her family and it can feel overwhelming at times,” said Certified Diabetes Educator Lourdes Braadt, RN, CDE. “The purpose of the group is for children with type 1 diabetes to meet other children who also have diabetes so they know they are not the only ones living with diabetes. We hope friendships will develop and children and parents will learn from one another as well as provide support for each other. Diabetes should not stop any child from accomplishing his or her dreams and we want all the children with diabetes to be reminded of that.”

All parents and children with type 1 diabetes are urged to attend the February 24 Children’s Support Group Meeting. Seating is limited and all those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place as soon as possible by calling (845) 987-5168.

The Center for Diabetes Education at St. Anthony Community Hospital offers a series of classes for all patients who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or those who demonstrate poorly controlled diets. During group or individual sessions, clinical instructors offer initial assessment, emotional support and will seek to help patients achieve a better understanding of the disease.

For more information about the Center for Diabetes Education, call 845-987-5168 or visit bschs.bonsecours.com

About Bon Secours Charity Health System

Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

It includes the Bon Secours Medical Group, a regional network of nearly 80 primary and specialty care providers with convenient locations throughout the Hudson Valley.

For a list of providers visit http://bschs.org/find-a-physician-bon-secours-medical-group.html

Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.

The Health System serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit bschs.bonsecours.com

Bon Secours Charity Health System is a member of the Bon Secours Health System, a national Catholic healthcare system with a strong reputation and robust commitment to bringing compassionate healthcare to those in need. For more information visit BSCHS.BonSecours.com

About Bon Secours Health System

Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Visit www.bshsi.org for more information.


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