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Director of CRMC’s Diabetes Education Center, Kolo Ediale, M.D., to speak at next lecture

May 11, 2009 - Harris, N.Y. - Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Sullivan County's premier provider of health care services, will continue a free, monthly lecture series at its Grover M. Hermann Division in Callicoon. This month's topic is Diabetes Management, and the guest speaker will be the director of CRMC's Diabetes Education Center, Kolo Ediale, M.D. The lecture takes place on May 30, 2009 at 1 p.m. in the Grover M. Hermann Division cafeteria. Dr. Ediale, a Board Certified internist with a sub-specialty in endocrinology, will speak about diabetes management, provide helpful and important information on the chronic disease and current methods to best manage it. Space is limited and registration is encouraged, but not required. 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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. 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.