The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan diabetes program. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures the educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
“Our program is honored to be awarded ADA Recognition and to continue the quality of services we provide,” said Diane Terry, Diabetes Program Coordinator and certified Diabetes Educator since 1994.
St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon Recognition sites have been providing services since 2008. Both programs provide a full range of services for the diabetes patient including Diabetes Self-Management Training Group Classes, individual Diabetes Self-Management Training, Medical Nutrition Therapy, a monthly Diabetes Support Group and wellness coaching.
Additionally, program participants have access to financial assistance programs, outpatient social services, mental health, pharmacy, NEXT program and more.
The program has proven itself by helping patients achieve lower blood sugar and meet their personal behavior change goals. Diabetes Self-Management Training topics include medication management, insulin training, blood glucose monitoring, physical activity, basic meal planning, coping strategies, and reducing risks of complications.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 25.8 million people or 8.5% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7 million people are not aware that they have this disease.
Each day approximately 5,205 people are diagnosed with diabetes. 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.
About 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2010 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.
For more information on diabetes education, please call 618.899.2085 or visit the diabetes booth at the Heart Expo and Health Fair on May 4th at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.