|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
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.
For more information on Mercy’s Diabetes Treatment Center visit www.mercy-chicago.org/diabetes.
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