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Diabetes Education Program Merits American Diabetes Recognition

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ImageThe Diabetes Center at North Shore Medical Center has received accreditation by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This certification confirms the ADA’s belief that this program offers high-quality diabetes education- an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that our Diabetes Center’s education program has earned certification by the American Diabetes Association,” said Manny Linares, CEO of North Shore Medical Center. “This designation confirms the quality of our diabetes program and the dedication of our medical team, who have all worked hard to implement a program that adheres to National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.”

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational 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 and 2000. Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily and those that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for three years.

There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 5.7 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day more than 4,300 people are diagnosed with diabetes. To meet the needs of the growing patient population struggling with diabetes, North Shore Medical Center opened its Diabetes Center in May of 2009. The program offers multidisciplinary outpatient services, which include: diabetes treatment, wound care, education, and lifestyle management. The focus on providing quality diabetes education and support for lifestyle management is a key factor in helping patients with diabetes lead healthy, active lifestyles and reduce other serious health complications associated with the disease.

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