The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Diabetes Center at Boone County Hospital (BCH). ADA believes BCH offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
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. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” says Joe Smith, BCH CEO. “And, of course, it assures the patient that he or she is receiving high-quality services.” Recognition status is awarded every three years.
According to the ADA, there are 20.8 million people of 7 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people are not aware they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,110 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications—heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease an amputation.
Education is the key to treating diabetes. Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the recognition program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management.