April 10, 2014 – Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) was recently awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program. The ADA believes that EHMC’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of an effective diabetes treatment plan.
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate is also a signal to patients that EHMC meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs and that its healthcare team can provide participants with a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.
“Self-management is a critical component of diabetes treatment,” said Mary O’Connor, RN, BSN, CDE, Diabetes Program Manager at EHMC. “We are dedicated to helping our patients and their families gain the everyday skills they need to successfully manage their diabetes, through a combination of team support, clinical guidance and education.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the country’s seventh leading cause of death. While 25.8 million people are living with diabetes in the United States, seven million of those cases are undiagnosed because they are unaware they have the disease. Many will first learn they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation.
EHMC’s Diabetes Self-Management Program covers a wide range of topics for patients diagnosed with diabetes and pre-diabetes, including individualized meal planning, weight control, carbohydrate counting, exercise, and management of blood sugars, medication, and stress, among other relevant issues.
In addition to the diabetes self-management education program, EHMC offers a free monthly diabetes support group facilitated by certified diabetes educators. Englewood Hospital also provides pre-diabetes care to patients whose blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not severe enough to warrant a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis.
For more information, visit the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program webpage