SMC Earns Recognition from American Diabetes Assoc

(PUEBLO, COLO.) The Diabetes Health Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center announced today that it has received the prestigious Education Recognition Certificate from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The certificate exemplifies excellence in providing education for diabetes self-management. St. Mary-Corwins Diabetes Health Center was initially recognized in November 1999 and the ADA continues to support the Diabetes Health Center for its level of high-quality education services that are essential components in effective diabetes treatment.

The ADAs 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 that receive recognition status are verified by an official certificate from the ADA that is valid for four years. Programs apply for the recognition voluntarily and those that achieve the recognition status must maintain a team of knowledgeable health professionals capable of providing participants with leading-edge, comprehensive information regarding diabetes management.

We are incredibly proud to receive this recognition from the ADA once again, as it illustrates our continued dedication to the education and health of our diabetes patients, said Sylvia Robertson, RN, MSN, program coordinator, Diabetes Health Center, St. Mary-Corwin. This distinction allows us to continue to positively impact the lives of diabetes patients from across southeastern Colorado to assist them in leading productive lifestyles while effectively managing their conditions.

According to the ADA, 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population is currently living with diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million individuals may be unaware that they have the disease, and approximately 4,657 new individuals will be diagnosed each day. Currently, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is nearly twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The ADA is the nations leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. The Diabetes Education Center at St. Mary-Corwin offers comprehensive diabetes care services through a team of dedicated educators, nurses, and dieticians to help patients gain control of their diabetes. To learn more about the program and the services it offers, visit www.stmarycorwin.org.

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