Classes & Support Groups

Diabetes Education

The Diabetes Education Program at Hills & Dales General Hospital is accredited by the American Diabetes Association and the Michigan Department of Community Health.   Our program can help you learn the knowledge & skills you need to manage your diabetes every day.

The program covers:

  • What is diabetes and how to control it
  • How to plan healthy meals
  • How medications and insulin work
  • Monitoring blood sugar and using the results
  • Physical Activity
  • Coping with Diabetes

Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurers do cover the cost of diabetes education.  A doctor’s order is needed.

For more information, contact Kathy Dropeski, RN, CDE at 989-912-6365 and check out Kathy’s blog about the Hills & Dales Diabetes Education program (click HERE to go to the blog)

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Diabetes Support Group

The Diabetes Support Group meets monthly, on the third Thursday (except December).  This group discusses items such as new recipes, struggles they are having, ideas for other people on how to cope with a new diagnosis, etc.  It is for all people who have diabetes and those who care about them.

This group typically meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

For more information, contact Kathy Dropeski at 989-912-6365.

Better Breathers Club

Living with Chronic Lung Disease can be a daily struggle, not only for the individual with the disease but for the family members and caregivers.  The Better Breathers Club is a support group that focuses on people with COPD and their caregivers.  It offers an opportunity to learn new ways to help cope with disease, as well as tools you can use to help improve and live a better quality of life.  The Better Breathers Club will meet the 3rd Thursday of the month.

For more information, contact Brenda McComb, Respiratory Therapist, at 989-912-6292.

Freedom From Smoking Program

The “Freedom From Smoking” Program is taught by a certified facilitator of the American Lung Association.  The program consists of 8 sessions each lasting 1.5 hours for 7 weeks.  A physician’s referral is required, and it is often covered through Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance carriers.

For more information, contact Brenda McComb, Respiratory Therapist, at 989-912-6292.

Speakers Bureau

The Hills & Dales General Hospital Speaker’s Bureau is available to address community and professional groups, students and civic groups regarding health issues that are important to them.  Speaker services are free to any interested group.  Some topics may include:  Adult Abuse/Neglect, Asthma, Cancer & Nutrition, Cancer Essentials, Crisis Intervention, Discipline and Your Child, Smoking Cessation and much more!

For more information, contact the Education Department at 989-912-6365.

Annual Health Fairs

Hills & Dales General Hospital offers two annual health fairs.  One happens early Spring and the other in October.  Both Health Fairs include discounted lab work, blood pressure screenings, balance assessments, refreshments, speakers, vendors and much more!

For more information, contact the Education Department at 989-912-6365 or

Stop the Bleed Program

Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to encourage bystanders to become trained to help in a bleeding emergency before a health professional can arrive.  For information about attending or scheduling a class, please contact Kristen Stahl, RN, Injury Prevention Coordinator at 989-912-6109.