Adirondack Health Diabetes Program earns national recognition
SARANAC LAKE – Adirondack Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program recently earned its third consecutive Certificate of Education Recognition accreditation from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
First accredited in 2002, the education offered through the six-week Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The ADA accreditation is granted to only those diabetes self-management education programs demonstrating high quality and standards.
“Our program offers an integrated team approach that covers all areas necessary to help people understand and manage diabetes, so they can enjoy their lives to the fullest,” noted Sharon Sorgule, RD, Certified Diabetes Educator and coordinator of Adirondack Health’s program.
Diabetes education programs are evaluated based on standards and criteria developed by the National Diabetes Advisory Board and endorsed by the diabetes community. Programs are granted the Certificate of Education Recognition after going through a rigorous and thorough review process to ensure they meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education.
To receive the Education Recognition, programs must also have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide high-quality education about diabetes self-management for their participants. Adirondack Health’s program is taught by an interdisciplinary team of four physicians, registered nurses, a dietitian/certified diabetes educator, exercise specialist, registered nurse/certified diabetes educator and a pharmacist. The course is designed to provide the latest information along with the tools and support needed to manage diabetes.
Through Adirondack Health’s diabetes program, participants develop and improve self-care skills essential to diabetes management. Through appropriate self-management, unexpected hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes can be prevented. Classes cover all aspects of diabetic care from nutrition, exercise and medication, to prevention of chronic and acute complications.
Offered periodically throughout the year, the next Diabetes Self-Management Program begins May 13. A physician referral is needed for insurance coverage. Scholarships are available through the Adirondack Health Foundation. For more information or to register, call the Diabetes Education Department at (518) 897-2611.
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JOE RICCIO, Communications Director