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Diabetes Education Program at WCCH Nationally Recognized


The Diabetes Education Program at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has received Diabetes Self-Management Education Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is accredited by the ADA for another four years.

Education Recognition means the Diabetes Self-Management Services at WCCH, led by diabetes coordinator Cynthia Chantlin, RD, LDN, CDCES, and department director Fran Landry, LDN, RD, have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support set by the American Diabetes Association to ensure the quality and success of education provided to people with diabetes.

“We are confident that those you serve appreciate your effort, commitment and success in providing quality diabetes education,” said Cynthia Muñoz, Ph.D., president of Health Care & Education at the American Diabetes Association.

WCCH’s comprehensive diabetes program, led by Chantlin, holds education classes weekly and one-on-one education sessions with patients when needed. A support group is also held monthly, covering topics such as skin and oral care, diet, exercise and more.

“Being able to come alongside and partner with my patients with diabetes, talking them through their struggles, fears, successes and obstacles is not something I take lightly,” says Chantlin. “I want to ensure every patient I come in contact with is equipped with the tools and resources needed to live a healthy and happy life, despite a diabetes diagnosis.”

Chantlin has served as the Diabetes Program Coordinator at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) for 7 years. The program has been accredited by the ADA for the past 18 years.

“By offering services like our diabetes education program, WCCH reaffirms our commitment to going the extra mile in patient care,” says Janie Frugé, WCCH CEO. “The overall health and wellness of our area greatly depends on the healthcare services provided, and we aim to offer a variety of quality services and programs to meet the needs of our growing community.”