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DeSanctis & Elliott Complete Diabetes Training

Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, announced recently that Stephens Memorial Hospital Registered Nurses Jo Elliott, RN and Kim DeSanctis, RN successfully completed the Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) program. 

Introduced by the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC), health care professionals are trained as Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) instructors to teach individuals diagnosed with diabetes how to make necessary lifestyle changes to live a healthy life with their diagnosis.

Elliot has been employed on the Medical/Surgical department at SMH for four years.  She attended nursing school at CMMC School of Nursing, and is currently pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing at USM, with the intent of graduating this December.  Jo also holds a bachelor of science in Nutrition.  Jo is a member of the Blood Glucose Improvement Task Force as well as the Nursing Evidence Based Practice and Research Council and Leadership and Coordinating Council.  Last year, Jo completed the Clinical Scholars Program at Maine Medical Center.  Her project focused on better control of blood glucose levels in patients with diabetes.  She states that she is, "very excited with the idea of being able to assist Diabetes Educator, Doreen Adams, with patient teaching."

DeSanctis has been employed at Stephens Memorial Hospital on the Medical/Surgical department since 2004, she earned her nursing degree from Central Maine Technical College
and is currently pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing degree from USM.  Kim participates in the Nursing Clinical Advancement Council.

Of this feat, Anita Day, Nurse Manager for the Medical/Surgical and the Intensive Care Unit, says, "Both Jo and Kim have been involved in improving the outcomes for this patient population in the inpatient setting.  They assisted with the implementation of the Subcutaneous Insulin Protocol here at SMH.  This protocol requires the nurse to monitor the patient's blood glucose levels 4 times a day and provide appropriate interventions in a timely fashion.  They have worked tirelessly to educate staff on the importance of being vigilant and they continue to monitor the success of this program.  They both attended a 3 day educational offering "Team Management of Diabetes" at the International Diabetes Center in Minneapolis, MN in November, 2007.  I believe Kim and Jo will bring the same degree of dedication and enthusiasm to their new role and congratulate them on their continued professional growth."

Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is a member of the Maine Health® family.  Visit Western Maine Health on the Internet at

Photo Caption:  Kim DeSanctis, RN and Jo Elliott, RN

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