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July 21, 2009 – Callicoon, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Sullivan County’s premier provider of health care services, will continue its ongoing, free monthly lecture series at the Grover M. Hermann Division in Callicoon. On Wednesday, July 29 at 5 p.m., CRMC Director of Pharmacy Services Jay Horowitz will speak in a program titled Diabetes Medications: What You Should Know. Horowitz, a New York State Registered Pharmacist, will discuss common medications used in regulating diabetes to optimize treatment. He will share his knowledge about medications, side effects, adverse reactions and common safety concerns. Space is limited and registration is encouraged, but not required. A light snack will be served. For more information or to register, please call (845)887-5530 ext. 2120. The lecture series is funded through a $128,000 Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA). The grant, which was awarded to the Grover M. Hermann Hospital Division of CRMC earlier this year, supports community outreach programs on chronic disease. Recognizing the importance of proper disease management, the hospital developed this free monthly series to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of a variety of chronic diseases, as well as the health care services and support programs available locally. The purpose of HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy’s Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program (SHCPQI) is to assist rural providers with the implementation of quality improvement strategies, while improving patient care and chronic disease outcomes. Improving the quality of chronic disease management in ambulatory care settings can improve health indicators and decrease emergency room visits and admissions to hospitals. SHCPQI focuses on quality improvement for chronic diseases such as Diabetes and cardiovascular disease, among others. The grant program is available to support rural health care service providers efforts to improve patient health through enhanced chronic disease management by: 1) utilizing a patient registry system, 2) tracking and reporting specific health indicators using nationally accepted clinical measures, 3) assessing the need for quality improvement and developing additional performance measures, and 4) participating in technical assistance through peer learning workshops with fellow SHCPQI Program grantees, facilitated by a quality improvement specialist. Today, 23.6 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, but nearly one in four don’t know it. According to the American Diabetes Association, the disease is associated with an increased risk for a variety of serious, even life-threatening complications. Good diabetes management is essential to reducing those risks, and this program was developed to answer questions, provide important information and the tools needed for individuals to take control of their disease and stay healthy.

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