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Features Health & Wellness Angel Medical Center diabetes Education Program merits ADA Recognition

Teresa Breedlove, MS, RD, LDN, CDE; Kim Watkins, RN, CDEThe Angel Medical Center (AMC) diabetes self-management education program has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association. The program was originally recognized in March of 2002. This program offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves.

The ADA Education Recognition effort began in the fall of 1986, as a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the national Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals 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 Stands is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity 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 her diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting, and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting, and treating chronic complications 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 patient 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 prevented through self-management education.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” said Teresa Breedlove. “And, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”

The Diabetes Management Program at Angel Medical Center is staffed by two certified diabetes educators, Teresa Breedlove, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, and Kim Watkins, RN, CDE. Diabetes education is provided individually or in a group setting. AMC also offers a free diabetes support group the fourth Monday at 4 p.m. in the hospital dining room.

For information on the program, contact Barbara Hall at Angel Medical Center at (828)369-4166.


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