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Donor Stories - Dash 4 Diabetes - The Chester County Hospital Foundation

Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA has one of the most comprehensive diabetes education programs in the region. Recognized for excellence by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, our classes instruct individuals in Chester County, PA and the surrounding region how to self-manage diabetes with proper nutrition, carbohydrate counting, medication, exercise and home blood sugar tests.

It is our mission to prevent barriers that could prohibit our patients from getting the optimal health care that they need, including supplies, office appointments, and access to diabetes education.

Many of our diabetes patients receive care in our pre-natal clinic and come from Spanish speaking households. This year, monies raised by the Dash 4 Diabetes helped fund the hiring of a per-diem bilingual dietician, increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of communication and treatment provided by our hospital team for the Spanish speaking patients they serve. The addition of a bilingual team member is a huge asset to our Diabetes Self-Management Program as it avoids having to provide education through a third person which can reduce the effectiveness of the teaching.

Dash 4 Diabetes funds were also used to purchase specialized kits for women with gestational diabetes that contain all of the blood sugar testing supplies needed to see the patient through the remainder of her pregnancy. Meters provide voice commands to help direct the testing, and can be set to Spanish or English language.

We are grateful to the corporate sponsors, volunteers, and participants who made the 22nd Annual Dash 4 Diabetes a success -- providing community awareness and critical funding for the Diabetes Self-Management Program at Chester County Hospital.

"At Arthur Hall Insurance, we are active stewards, dedicated to supporting local businesses, neighbors and charitable organizations to the best of our ability. We believe in the importance of shared responsibility and our role in improving the future for us all. It has been a pleasure to partner with Chester County Hospital and the Dash 4 Diabetes over the past seven years. I am proud of the care and services that the Hospital's Diabetes Self-Management Program provides for our community and I am glad that our participation in this fundraiser has had a positive impact on the program and the patients it serves." -- James S. Denham, President, Arthur Hall Insurance.


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