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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2012
Contact: Carolann Martines

Associate Writer

(516) 663-2234 cmartines@winthrop.org


EILEEN EGAN, FNP-C, CDE, NAMED DIABETES EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR


Eileen Egan, FNP-C, CDE, nurse practitioner in Winthrop’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism ,was honored as the Diabetes Educator of the Year by the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators.
Eileen Egan, FNP-C, CDE, nurse practitioner in Winthrop-University Hospital’s comprehensive Diabetes Care Center, was recently named Diabetes Educator of the Year by the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators (MNYADE). Mrs. Egan was recognized by MNYADE, a local networking group of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, for her expertise, leadership and dedication to helping patients with diabetes learn how to effectively manage their disease.

Mrs. Egan has been involved in diabetes care management for much of her nursing career. In 2004, she joined Winthrop as a certified diabetes nurse educator at the Hospital’s Diabetes Education Center. In this role, she developed her skills in insulin pump training, patient education and lecturing to large groups. She also expanded the Kindred Spirits support group and education program for families of children with diabetes to a vibrant program with standing-room-only attendance.

While working at the Diabetes Education Center, Mrs. Egan pursued graduate study as a Family Nurse Practitioner. When she completed the requirements, she took a position in Winthrop’s Division of Endocrinology as the first Nurse Practitioner and one of the key members of the Comprehensive Diabetes Care Center. In this position, Mrs. Egan is regarded as a highly skilled and professional provider whose warm, distinctive style enhances each patient encounter. In fact, she developed a unique Tech Mastery program to provide training and monitoring of patients treated with intensive insulin therapy so they can benefit from cutting-edge technological advances in diabetes care. She has also taken a leadership role in a program that transitions young adults with diabetes from the pediatric endocrine practice to the adult endocrine practice.

Committed to research and education, Mrs. Egan has submitted abstracts to national meetings and participates in the graduate medical education of Stony Brook University medical residents. She has also been invited to share her insight and expertise through various speaking engagements with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Council on Renal Nutrition.

“Eileen Egan is a collaborator, open to new and challenging ideas, willing to work hard and has often endured personal sacrifice for the benefit of patients,” said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Executive Director of the Diabetes and Obesity Institute at Winthrop.“She is a true educator who is most deserving of the honor of Diabetes Educator of the Year.”

Mrs. Egan holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Villanova University and completed the Master’s Degree, Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Molloy College. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Stony Brook School of Nursing. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Insulin Pump Trainer. Mrs. Egan is a member of the American Diabetes Association; the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; the Long Island Chapter of The Nurse Practitioners Association of New York State; Sigma Theta Tau International; and served as Treasurer for the American Association of Diabetes Educators, Metropolitan New York Chapter.

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