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September 8, 2009 – Harris, 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 Hospital in Callicoon. The lecture, titled Diabetic Retinopathy: A Closer Look, will take place Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Grover M. Hermann Hospital. Alison Mastandrea, RN BC, a member of the Grover M. Hermann Hospital nursing staff and medical unit, and Joni Johannes, RN, the clinical director of nursing at the Grover M. Hermann Hospital, will speak. A light snack will be served. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to register, please call (845)887-5530 ext. 2120. Mastandrea, RN BC, offers a wide range of knowledge regarding diabetes and the complications associated with this chronic disorder. She is certified in Medical/Surgical Nursing and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Johannes, RN, possesses extensive knowledge in chronic diseases. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and has been involved with many aspects of diabetes management. 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. An affiliated member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Catskill Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare to residents in the Sullivan County region. For more information, call 845-794-3300 or visit