Mercy Hospital & Medical Center's Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

News Release: December 17, 2014

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition
Expansion sites added to the Recognition

Chicago, IL:  The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management program was recently awarded to Mercy Hospital’s Diabetes Treatment Center. The recognition also includes three expansion sites: Mercy Medical on Pulaski, Mercy Medical in Chatham and Mercy’s Family Health Center at Oakwood Shores. Mercy’s Diabetes Treatment Center was originally Recognized over twenty-five years ago. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.


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, 2000, 2007, and 2012.


Programs apply for recognition voluntarily.  Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.


“By receiving this Recognition from the American Diabetes Association, we are assuring our patients high-quality self-management education services,” says Beryl Larson, RN MSN CDE CNL, Manager of the Diabetes Treatment Center/Nurse Educator. “Our commitment is to help improve patient-care skills essential to diabetes management for our population."


According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 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 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US.  Overall, the risk for death among people for diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.


The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.


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About Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
Mercy Hospital is a member of Trinity Health, which is the new health ministry formed by the consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Health East. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago’s first teaching hospital, has served Chicago since 1852. With 320 staffed beds, Mercy is a Level II Trauma Center, complete with a comprehensive network including the Mercy Family Health Center, a look-alike Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the Mercy Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the hospital, eleven auxiliary care facilities, MercyWorks occupational health program, and two school-based health centers in Wendell Phillips and Dunbar Vocational Career Academies. Mercy has a teaching affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. Mercy’s commitment to quality is demonstrated through our numerous accreditations, distinctions and designations including: a superior Cardiovascular Institute with an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a certified Stroke Center; a Diabetes Treatment Center and leading Cancer Center, both accredited for excellence. Mercy is also the first hospital in Chicago to have an FDA-approved carotid artery stenting procedure as well as the first to perform Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site surgeries.  To learn more about Mercy Hospital, visit


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