Fort HealthCare is pleased to welcome a new diabetes educator to its team of providers. Rea Fritz, RN joins Peggy Pope, RN in the Fort HealthCare Diabetes Education department, seeing patients of all ages with a healthcare provider’s referral by appointment at their office at Fort Memorial Hospital, located at 611 Sherman Avenue East in Fort Atkinson. The team can be reached directly at (920) 568-5247 or through email. More information can be found at FortHealthCare.com/Diabetes.

Fritz earned a Bachelor of Science Health Arts degree from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, and a Diploma in Nursing from the Swedish American Hospital School of Nursing in Rockford, IL. She is board certified from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators.

Rea Fritz, RN, Diabetic educatorFritz is excited to be working with patients at Fort HealthCare and helping them manage their new lifestyle. “My mantra is that no one should know more about their condition than the patient. My biggest goal for working with patients is to make sure that we discuss what their own personal goals and concerns are and go from there. I am really there to provide tools, advice, and help them learn the skills needed to manage their condition.”

Every first visit with Fritz starts out by her answering any burning questions one might have – to get any questions or fears out of the way before settling in to focusing on communication. In her spare time, she likes to be outside. She enjoys working in her yard, growing things, and spending time with her family.

Pope received her degrees from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. peggy-pope

Pope understands first-hand how patients need to be matched with just the right person to make a connection, build trust, and help them take necessary steps forward and help them meet their goals. She enjoys being that provider for many people, and has always felt compelled to be a nurse and help people. She thoroughly enjoys working with youth and helping them manage their diabetes.

At a first meeting with Pope, she spends some time getting to know her patients and sees what they currently understand about their condition, what they wish to know more about, and works together to establish the best way to communicate and move forward. She enjoys making a difference and working at Fort HealthCare in a rural hospital setting. She believes in the organization’s Mission to make our communities as well as can be.

A teacher at heart, she also manages a Diabetes Youth Group for patients and their families, which consists of educational sessions, fun gatherings and outings, and messaging through a closed group on Facebook.

The Fort HealthCare Diabetes Education department helps individuals manage their condition through personalized information, support, and education. The team sees patients by appointment at their office at Fort Memorial Hospital. A referral by a healthcare provider and a diagnosis of Diabetes is required. Certain health insurances may cover appointments for diagnoses of Pre-Diabetes. The Diabetes Education program and curriculum is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and follows American Association of Diabetes Educators guidelines for self-care behaviors.

Fort HealthCare participates in most insurance plans, including Dean Care, Dean Care Gold, Unity, Physicians Plus, Mercy Care, Humana, United Healthcare, and more. For a complete listing, visit FortHealthCare.com/Insurance.

Fort HealthCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of our communities, with a vision to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin. As the leading healthcare provider in the region, it is our goal to reach as many members of the community as possible with health and wellness messages, providing tools and resources to help individuals improve their health and quality of life, while collaborating with several partners to positively improve the population’s health overall on a long term basis. For more information, visit FortHealthCare.com.