Program is one of only a few officially recognized by the ADA in the Region
White Plains, NY (December 5, 2013) – The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the White Plains Hospital Diabetes Education and Treatment Center. The Center has been continually recognized by the ADA since 1998 for providing high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
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. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.
Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily and those that achieve Recognition status must have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The recognition gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” said Michael Palumbo, M.D., Medical Director and Executive Vice President of White Plains Hospital. “It also assures patients that they will receive high quality care and education from trained professionals with specialized expertise in diabetes.”
Patients with diabetes must closely monitor diet, exercise and insulin and/or medication therapy to control blood glucose levels and achieve an optimal quality of life. At White Plains Hospital, several hundred patients with all forms of diabetes- type I, type II and gestational, are provided with group and individual education sessions each year on techniques to better manage their condition, according to Ann Rupp, R.N., C.D.E., Director of the Diabetes Education and Treatment Center.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 25.8 million people or 8.5% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.0 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 5,205 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 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2010 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with 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.
To contact the Diabetes Education and Treatment Center at White Plains Hospital, call (914) 681-1228.
For more information on Recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The Hospital is an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.