Diabetes Center Planned For Town & Country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 11, 2009
Contact: Mary Muhlbradt
(701)857-5116, Fax: (701)857-5683
mary.muhlbradt@trinityhealth.org

Diabetes Center Planned For Town & Country

(MINOT, ND)—Minot area residents with an interest in diabetes have a New Year’s gift in store for them. Trinity Health is fast-forwarding plans to establish a Center for Diabetes Education at Town & Country Shopping Center. Remodeling work is underway, with an opening date expected sometime after the first of the year.

The new center will be housed in space previously occupied by The Hub tavern at the north end of Town & Country Center. Diabetes Education Coordinator Deanna Westman, RN, BSN, CDE, said the new location represents a major improvement over the current site in Health Center-5th Avenue. “Parking, accessibility and convenience will be the big advantages,” Westman said. “The added space will also enable us to evaluate our services and expand them in certain areas.”

Plans for the space include a large meeting room, three education rooms and a resource room. It will be staffed by Trinity’s two diabetes educators and a clinical dietitian. “All our classes will be held there,” Westman added. “It will have a resource room where people can come any time during business hours to research products and different diabetes-related topics.”

She said the location will also lend itself to certain other activities, such as perhaps organizing a walking club at Town & Country.
While not a medical clinic per se, the center’s mission will be educational, aimed at promoting the health and well-being of people with diabetes. But it will also serve as a gift to the community – increasing awareness of pre-diabetes and diabetes and encouraging people to reduce their risk factors and make overall health improvements.

Diabetes Nurse Educator Joins Trinity

Rebecca Haman, RN, BSN, has joined Deanna Westman as the newest member of our diabetes education team. Haman comes to Trinity from Medcenter One, where she worked as diabetes educator for the past two years and as a medical-surgical nurse prior to that. A McVille native, she earned her BSN from the University of Mary in Bismarck. Her duties include educating patients in diabetes self-management and assisting the hospital’s healthcare team. Her office is currently located at Health Center-5th Avenue.