Diabetes Program

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital offers a Diabetes Education and Counseling Services Program to give you the support you need to gain control over your condition. Our team of health experts consists of a certified diabetic educator, registered dietitians, and a physician who serves as a medical consultant, all of whom work with your physician to develop an individualized plan: one which you can live with and one that fits your lifestyle. BMH also has an endocrinologist on staff, available for consultation. (For more information on endocrinologist Margaret Ferry, MD, click here.)

All of the educational sessions in the BMH Diabetes Program are based on the standard of care set by the American Diabetes Association. Our educational sessions may include the following information:

  • general information on diabetes
  • coping with a chronic condition
  • complications of diabetes and how to avoid them
  • nutrition and meal planning
  • exercise guidelines
  • blood glucose monitoring techniques
  • use of medications: insulin and oral drugs
  • healthy travel
  • managing sick days
  • weight control
  • handling hypoglycemia

Instructions may be given individually or in small groups. Physician referral is required for individual sessions. In addition, we encourage all our patients to invite their families and/or significant others to join them for the educational sessions.

Location: Dunham Building. Phone Number: 802-251-8429

You can always learn something new about diabetes management, and also about developments in treatments and research. The BMH Diabetes Program staff remains available to you after you have completed your initial class or individual instruction – whether you want to keep in touch by telephone or schedule periodic follow-up visits.

For information about our next Diabetes Education Class, or if you have additional questions, please contact us at 802-251-8429 or e-mail us at hsmith@bmhvt.org.

To schedule an individual appointment at the Diabetes Clinic, call 802-251-8429 between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

The certified diabetes educator for the BMH Diabetes Education & Counseling program is Houghton Smith, RN, CDE.

Houghton Smith

Houghton (Hoty) was born and grew up in Brattleboro. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1980 from the University of Vermont. He worked in the Boston area as a nurse, including in cardiac care, and later as a visiting nurse.

When Hoty first moved to Brattleboro in 1988, he was a visiting nurse with the Southern Vermont Home Health Agency, which became associated with the Visiting Nurse Agency of Vermont and New Hampshire where he worked until 2005.

Hoty was credentialed as a Certified Diabetic Educator in 1996, and in 2005, came to work at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, having helped start the BMH Diabetes Clinic in 2000, after a needs assessment revealed its importance to the community.

Hoty and his wife live in the Brattleboro area with their daughter. He likes to hike, bike, and work in the garden.