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Howard Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education Program AADE Accreditation


Date: February 4, 2013

Contact: Kristen McCallum
Marketing Specialist


Willits, CA – Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital’s (HMH) Diabetes Program was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). This will allow residents in and around the Willits area increased access to critical diabetes education services.

“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.

Before the program received its accreditation, patients, referred by their doctor, would have a few one-on-one meetings with a diabetes education nurse and registered dietitian. Now, Diabetes Nurse Educator Henrietta Simonsson and Registered Dietitian Annie Dogali, have developed a program where patients can learn through a collaborative process. 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. The program includes a one-on-one evaluation, four two-hour group classes and a follow up meeting within three months of completion of the group class.

“We’re so excited to expand our education program to help more members of the community manage their diabetes,” Dogali said. “It’s amazing to see how small lifestyle changes can make such a huge difference in preventing complications,” Simonsson said.

Patients can participate in the Diabetes Education Program by requesting a referral from their doctor. Classes are held on the HMH campus and are scheduled monthly based on registration and class size.

A diabetes support group is also available for patients, friends and family members of patients managing diabetes. The first support group meeting will be held on February 28, 2013 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the HMH Main Hospital Conference Room.

The program also includes an Advisory board consisting of an HMH physician, employees, Simonsson, Dogali, and Willits community members. The board meets quarterly to ensure the success of the program and that it is meeting the needs of the community.

"The work our team has done to receive accreditation for our diabetes program is another great example of small hospital, big difference,” HMH CEO Rick Bockmann said.

To learn more about the Diabetes Education Program at HMH contact Annie Dogali, RD at (707)-456-3132, email or visit