Johnston Health has been awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program. The hospital-based program was originally recognized in February 2002.
The recognition certificate assures that programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.
Programs apply for recognition voluntarily. Those that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
“The process gives us a national standard by which to measure the quality of services we provide,” says Patsy Stewart, who is the coordinator for outpatient diabetes program. “It also assures the patient that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.”
The ADA says 9.3 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications: heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation.
Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes.