Bayhealth recently named its 2017 Health Educators of the year: Bariatric Program Coordinator Patty Deer for Bayhealth Milford Memorial and Respiratory Navigator Crystal Hiser for Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus.

The 2017 Healthcare Educators of the Year Awards honorees are examples of Bayhealth staff driven to help patients inside and outside a Bayhealth facility.

In her role as bariatric program coordinator, Deer facilitates seminars for patients interested in weight loss surgery and leads support groups. She can be seen at community events throughout the year providing information to prospective patients. Along with helping patients during their weight loss journey, Deer also maintains relationships post-surgery and is known to send inspirational emails to keep people on track and engaged in their health.

Similar to how Deer educates surgical weight loss patients, Hiser teaches patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung diseases how to improve their health. She works with patients within Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus, hosts the Better Breathers Club support group and does educational talks.