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Educational Classes & Training

(870) 460-3509 Phone (870) 460-3505 Fax

Drew Memorial's Education Department staff provide a wide variety of training and educational classes to our community. Classes are held in the hospital's Allied Health Building conference rooms. Participants are encouraged to reserve spots in advance for all classes, and many are required to have advanced registration. If leaving a voicemail, please indicate which class topic, date and time you plan to attend. Some courses require payment to reserve your spot, or before the course begins. We may also arrange a payment plan if requested. 

Are you seeking education or training that you don't see below? Let us know. We welcome ideas that can continue to serve the needs of our community and will consider offering them depending upon interest and feasibility.

Expectant and New Parents

Breastfeeding Class:
Nationally-accredited curriculum includes positioning, health benefits, nutrition, pumping and returning to work. Classes are led bya certified lactation specialist, Jennifer Rowland, RN.

Upcoming breastfeeding class dates:
Jan. 29
Feb. 26
Mar. 26 

6- 8 p.m.

Breastfeeding Consultant 
Certified lactation consultants are available to assist moms with breastfeeding techniques as needed. Consultations are available while the new mother is recovering as an inpatient, or on an outpatient basis.

Childbirth Classes:
A registered nurse will present an interactive, research-based curriculum on pregnancy, labor, comfort techniques, newborn care, and much more! Participating mothers are welcome to bring along a support person. Please reserve your place in advance by calling the Education Department (number below). Participants are encouraged to attend the full series of three classes. We conduct a 3-part childbirth class each month.

Upcoming childbirth class series dates:
Jan. 18, 22, & 23
Feb. 8, 12, & 15
Mar. 8, 12, & 15
6 - 8:30 p.m.

Life-Saving Skills

CPR Certification &  First Aid Training:

American Heart Association (AHA) CPR classes are taught every month. We teach basic certification classes as well as re-certification classes. Full-day course includes basic first aid training along with CPR certification training. Participants may choose only CPR or First Aid for half day of training. Open to the public, but must register and pay fee in advance.

Upcoming CPR class: May 24, 2017 

Basic Life Saving Skills for Healthcare Providers
Open to health care professionals from any institution, not solely for hospital employees. Must register in advance.
  Jan. 11
10 AM
Jan. 26
7:30 AM

Safe Sitter Training

Safe Sitter

A nationally accredited program designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises to learn skills like preventing unsafe situations, what to do when emergencies arise, and assessing and responding to injuries and illnesses. Visit SafeSitter online to learn more about the curriculum. Participants must pay $40 and register in advance. 

Upcoming Safe Sitter® Training:
Jan. 5
Mar. 10
May 25

  9AM - 4PM

Diabetic Education for Inpatients:

This training is designed to teach admitted patients how to get started managing their diabetes after being discharged from the hospital. They are then scheduled to attend the outpatient program for more long- term management.

Diabetes Care Management
The only AADE-accredited program south of Little Rock is proudly offered at Drew Memorial.
Our outpatient Diabetes Education classes:
- Are offered every month
- Are open to any adult (Age 18+)
- Can be offered either daytime or in the evening, based upon interest and availability of participants
- Are led by a Registered Nurse 
- Include a one-on-one intake session and three group classes
- Focus on the topics of Medications, Diabetes Nutrition, and Exercise
- Are part of the first program in our area accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators
- May include a support person or family member if you choose to bring one
- Are covered by most health insurance plans

It is a three-part course, and we will work with your primary care provider to determine your eligibility and enrollment

Upcoming Diabetes Care dates:
Jan. 9, 16, 23
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Diabetes Support Group

This is a free, weekly lunchtime program *offered to graduates* of our Diabetes Care Management program. Our group offers the opportunity for peer interaction, education, activities, and fellowship among those who have completed our course on Diabetes education.
The group is free, but the baseline training received in our three-part course is a prerequisite as we will refer to information learned previously.

For those wishing to PREVENT Type 2 Diabetes

National Diabetes Prevention Program

We are proud to be part of the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Participants have prediabetes, a condition with no apparent symptoms which precedes the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Eligibility is determined by conducting a risk assessment/survey and using blood test data. The program includes a yearlong commitment to group meetings (initially held weekly, later conducted just monthly), self-monitoring, and setting goals. The lifestyle change intervention intends to help you eat healthier, reduce calories, and increase physical activity. Participants identify their own personal barriers to healthy eating and exercise, which is one of the main reasons this curriculum is proven to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Learn more about the National DPP here.

Why participate?
REDUCE RISK of developing Type 2 Diabetes
- Avoid chronic health complications like Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke (all are at an increased risk if you have prediabetes)
- Improve your overall health
- Reduce your health care costs, medication costs, and trips to the doctor
IMPROVE your Quality of Life
- Personal Coaching
- Social Environment/Supportive Atmosphere
- Reach your health goals
- Feel better

INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS for the next DPP Cohort will be held: 
Wednesday, Jan. 17 at NOON postponed due to weather
Thursday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 PM
Friday, Jan. 19 at 12:00 Noon
in Conference Room A

The next yearlong class group or "Cohort" will start together in February. Participant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis in advance of the next Cohort class starting date.

For more information on any of these classes please contact Education Department Director Kristen Smith:

Phone: 870-460-3509.

Fax: 870-460-3505

E-Mail: ksmith@drewmemorial.org