Littleton Regional Healthcare is pleased to announce it has welcomed a new Diabetes Nurse Educator, Emily DuPont, BSN, RN. Emily comes to LRH with several years of clinical experience. Most recently, Emily served as the Diabetes Nurse Educator at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in its Outpatient Endocrinology Clinic. Her role at DHMC allowed her to work collaboratively with patients and their families as well as other members of the healthcare team by assisting them with developing short and long-term goals, sharing diabetes self-management resources, educating patients on using diabetes equipment, including glucose monitoring devices and insulin pumps, and providing diabetes education supported by the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices.
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at LRH is nationally accredited by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists. The main goal of the Program is to provide support to people with diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes to decrease their risk of complications and improve their overall quality of life. Diabetes education pays off, however, fewer than 60% of people with diabetes have had any formal diabetes education. Research shows people who have received diabetes education are more likely to use primary care and preventative services, take medications as prescribed, manage their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, and have reduced healthcare costs overall. Diabetes self-management training is a benefit often covered by Medicare as well as most health insurance plans when provided by a diabetes educator within an accredited and recognized program, such as LRH’s.
Emily received her Associate of Science in Nursing from New Hampshire Technical Institute. She continued her education and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Granite State College in 2021. Currently, Emily is pursuing her Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Education from Granite State College. She is a member of the Endocrine Nurses Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists NH Coordinating Body. She looks forward to growing the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at LRH by incorporating the latest diabetes technology and resources for her patients, coupled with evidence-based approaches to delivering high-quality care. Emily also has a focus on increasing access to patients to ensure diabetes education is equitable and accessible for all individuals. Emily’s educational philosophy encompasses a collaborative approach to working with patients to develop realistic and beneficial plans to ensure they can achieve their healthcare goals.
“Emily’s eagerness to utilize modern approaches to diabetes education is beneficial to LRH and the patients we serve,” said Koren Superchi, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at LRH. “Whether patients are recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been managing their condition for many years, Emily will be a great asset to their care and a huge help to patients actively managing their diabetes. It is evident Emily is extremely passionate about her work and her patients,” Superchi added.
Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending her time with her husband, Dyllan, and their cat, Athena. In the summer, she is often paddle boarding or kayaking and in the winter months, she spends much of her time indoors at the gym or singing and recently started playing bass with her husband on guitar.
To learn more about the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at LRH, visit www.LittletonHealthcare.org/diabetes. For those interested in enrolling in the Program, talk to your primary care provider about a referral to Emily.