Baxter Regional Medical Centerand#39;s Reppell Diabetes Learning Center (RDLC)
has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the
American Association of Diabetes Educators. This allows residents in and around the BRMC service area increased access
to critical diabetes education services.
Diabetes education as a collaborative process through which people with
or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify
behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.
At the RDLC, it is provided by one of the three Certified Diabetes Educators
(CDE) on staff, one of whom recently earned the designation.
Jodi Owens, RN, RDLC Coordinator, is now a CDE, as of December, 2013.
A CDE is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of
and experience in diabetes management, pre-diabetes, and diabetes prevention.
Since it was first awarded in 1986, the CDE credential has become a standard
of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education. Jodi joins
Jan Halligan, RD, CDE, and Cheri Smith, RN, BA, CDE, as the team of Certified
Diabetes Educators on staff at the RDLC.
andldquo;This program is a great asset to our community, and I am proud to
continue to provide education and assistance to our diabetes patients,”
andldquo;Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital
and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created,
in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking
care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes
Education Accreditation Program. “The Reppell Diabetes Learning
Center is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our
accreditation program in 2009.”
The Reppell Diabetes Learning Center, located on the BRMC campus across
Hospital Drive from the Main Entrance, is open Monday through Friday,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is now offering a variety of new diabetes education
classes each week. For more information, please call the RDLC at (870)
508-1765 or email Jodi Owens, RN, RDLC Coordinator, at