New Diabetes Education Services at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

Mission Hospital’s Diabetes Center is excited to announce that team members from the Asheville-based diabetes education program will be traveling to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital once a week! The American Diabetes Association (ADA) accredited program consists of an individual assessment to better understand your educational needs and then a 5-week class series. Topics for the class series include:

  • Diabetes pathophysiology and self-monitoring of blood glucose
  • Healthy eating with diabetes
  • Meal planning
  • Activity
  • Acute complications and sick-day management
  • Medications
  • Prevention and treatment of long-term complications
  • Positive outlook and stress management
  • Maintaining good health

The assessment and classes will be taught by Certified Diabetes Educators from Mission’s Asheville-based program.

Autumn Carroll is a clinical pharmacist, diabetes educator and a Burnsville native. She graduated from Mountain Heritage High School in 2005 then obtained her bachelor’s in Biology and a doctorate in Pharmacy from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. She is excited to help bring awareness and focus on the importance of a healthy lifestyle to this community, which includes so many of her family and friends.

Mary Beth Horrell is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator. She graduated from State University of New York at Oneonta with a bachelor’s in Clinical Dietetics and the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a master’s in Clinical Nutrition. She has been a Certified Diabetes Educator since 1991 and has worked with Mission Diabetes Center since 1996. She lives in Marshall with her husband and is the proud mother of three children.

Initial assessments have already begun as of June 19. Most insurance companies cover diabetes education with a physician’s referral. Once a referral is received, you will be called to schedule an initial assessment, which is required before enrollment in the class series. Classes are offered on different days and different times each month to try and fit as many schedules as possible.

Your physician can fax referrals to Mission Diabetes Center at (828) 213-4647.

For questions about the program call (828) 213-4637.

Initial assessments and classes will be held in a conference room (Teleconference Room or Holtsclaw Board Room) located on the ground floor. For the initial assessment, you will need to check in with registration at the main entrance (Entrance A).

Whether you are newly diagnosed or you’ve had diabetes for many years, this program has something for everyone. Real patient reviews of the Asheville-based class series include: “Really enjoyed the class, informative and the teachers were encouraging.”; “Class was very informative. Speakers were knowledgeable. Enjoyed and learned much.”; and “Amazing class — very valuable information and education.”

Learning as much as possible about diabetes will help you make informed decisions about your health. Ask your doctor about diabetes education at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital today!

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