Methodist Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program Merits American Diabetes Association Recognition - January 23, 2013

Methodist Hospitals’ diabetes self-management education program has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the fall of 1986, and is based on the National Standards for Diabetes Education that were developed by the National Advisory Board and endorsed by the diabetes community. It is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. This program has grown to become the leading quality assurance mechanism for diabetes self-management education programs across the country. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professional who can provide state-of-the art information about diabetes management for participants.

Self-Management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality of education offered to people with diabetes. The participant in an ADA Recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills, that will promote better management of his or hers diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutrition management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing; detecting, and treating acute complication through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy, and gestational management.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. Through the support of the healthcare team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes the patients can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be presented through self- management education. Methodist Hospitals’ diabetes education program offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide commented, Mary Valentine, Director of Nursing Education. “And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”

“Methodist is proud to have once again achieved this recognition from the ADA, and it’s because of the commitment and dedication of our healthcare team that we have once again garnered this recognition,” said Ian McFadden, President & CEO of Methodist Hospitals.

For more information regarding Methodist Hospitals Diabetes Education program or to enroll, please contact Methodist’s Diabetes Center at 219.944.4160.