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Saint Mary’s chronic disease management program helps individuals live healthier lives

By ThisIsReno

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Monday, June 27, 2011 – In order to help those with chronic diseases manage symptoms and live a healthier lifestyle, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center offers a free, six-week Chronic Disease Self Management Program. The program, Healthy Aging: Up2Me, was created through a partnership with the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno. The next series of workshops for Healthy Aging: Up2Me begins Thursday, July 14 at 9 a.m. at the City of Reno Neil Road Recreation Center at 3925 Neil Road in Reno.

“This program is a life-changing resource for people in our community coping with chronic conditions,” said Susan Harris, MS, MA, coordinator of the Gerontology Academic program at the Sanford Center for Aging. “Sanford Center for Aging is proud to have such incredible partners like Saint Mary’s who make valuable programs like this possible.”

The Chronic Disease Self-Management program is offered to individuals 55 or older who have a chronic condition such as arthritis, heart or lung conditions, high blood pressure, cancer or other chronic diseases. The weekly classes will teach participants how to manage their diet and exercise, set personal goals and learn how to communicate health concerns with their physician. Additionally, all participants will receive a copy of the book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions upon completion of the program.

The program is offered through a series of workshops taught by certified trainers and the next series will begin on Thursday, July 14 at 9 a.m. at the City of Reno Neil Road Recreation Center at 3925 Neil Road in Reno. For more information or to register, call 775-770-7100 or visit www.saintmarysreno.org/Classes_And_Events/index.htm.

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About Saint Mary’s

In 2010 Saint Mary’s celebrates 102 years of delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services to northern Nevada. Founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Saint Mary’s is a member of the Catholic Healthcare West family of hospitals and medical centers in Arizona, California, and Nevada. As a fully integrated, faith-based healthcare system with 380 licensed beds, approximately 2,300 employees, 850 affiliated physicians, and 300 volunteers, Saint Mary’s provides a wide variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community services to go Well Beyond for the community we serve. For more information, please visit www.saintmarysreno.org.

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.