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Saint Clare’s Health System Partners with Camp Nejeda on Diabetes Education

Saint Clare’s Registered Nurses to Participate in Summer Camp Program to Promote Diabetes Awareness and Education

June 22, 2011

Recognizing the importance of diabetes education and training in order to help people with diabetes to effectively manage their condition, Saint Clare’s Health System will partner with Camp Nejeda this summer in support of its camp program designed to promote diabetes education for children, teens and their families.

Camp Nejeda, located on 72 wooded acres in Stillwater, NJ, is run by the non-profit Camp Nejeda Foundation, Inc. and is the only facility of its kind in New Jersey and neighboring states, hosting young people and their families from across the region. The camp offers one- and two-week long overnight experiences focused on empowering young people to manage their diabetes in real-life situations, promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, and encouraging a positive attitude about living with diabetes.

This year, a team of fourteen registered nurses from various nursing departments within Saint Clare’s Health System will be taking part in Camp Nejeda’s residential summer camp program, which runs from the beginning of July through the end of August. Through the program, each nurse will receive hands-on education in diabetes management, learn carbohydrate counting, and become familiar with the use of insulin pumps – ultimately allowing participating nurses to return to their departments as “nurse champions” in diabetes management.

“Through Saint Clare’s Regional Diabetes Center, our skilled medical and nursing staff provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient diabetes support and care to members of the community,” said Susan Barrecchia, Coordinator, Bariatrics/Regional Diabetes Center at Saint Clare’s. “This opportunity with Camp Nejeda further builds upon the care we provide at the Center, allowing nurses from other areas of the health system to grow their competencies in diabetes management, and helping to further bring diabetes education and awareness to the forefront in each of their departments.” 

To learn more about the Regional Diabetes Center at Saint Clare’s, visit To learn more about Camp Nejeda, visit

About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.  For more information about Saint Clare’s Health System, please visit Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

About Camp Nejeda
Founded in 1958, Camp Nejeda is independently owned and operated by the Camp Nejeda Foundation, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and is fully licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health. Camp Nejeda is a member of the Diabetes Education and Camping Association and is accredited by the American Camp Association. Camp Nejeda offers seven weeks of residential camping, three-day weekend family camps, and additional programs throughout the year.

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