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1/9/2015 12:00:00 AM PACIFIC
Updated: 1/9/2015 9:53:59 AM PACIFIC
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Gritman expands expertise in diabetes and food service with new staff certifications

Three Gritman employees have passed tests to certify them in diabetes and food service professions.

Todd Unger and Erin Richardson passed the test to become Certified Dietary Managers and Certified Food Protection Professionals.  This required 120 hours of instruction plus 150 hours of field experience.

CDMs and CFPPs are experts at managing dietary operations.  They are trained and qualified to manage all food service operations, including menus, food purchasing and preparation; ensuring food safety, managing work teams and related duties.  Attainment of these certifications requires passing a nationally-recognized credentialing exam and fulfilling continuous requirements needed to maintain certified status.

Unger has been promoted to Lead Cook at Gritman.  Richardson is the Coordinator for the Food Service department at Gritman.

Mary Skoglund, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Licensed Dietitian (LD), recently passed the test to become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), making her Gritman’s third staff member to become a CDE.  To qualify to take the test she was required to have a minimum of 2 years of professional practice experience as a Registered Dietitian plus provide a minimum of 1,000 hours of Diabetes Self Management Education.  To maintain certification status, Mary will obtain regular continuing education.

A CDE is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, pre-diabetes, and diabetes prevention.  A CDE educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition.  A CDE promotes self-management to achieve individualized goals.

“Gritman Medical Center always encourages staff to pursue additional expertise and certifications”, said Nancy Kure, RDN, LD, CDE, Director of Diabetes, Nutrition and Food Services at Gritman.  “We are pleased that Todd, Erin and Mary have worked so hard to improve their professional abilities and this will benefit the public as well.”

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