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Diabetes Resource Program merits ADA recognition

The Tri-County Health Care Diabetes Resource Program has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association. This program offers high-quality diabetes education services to the patients it serves.

"The ADA Education Recognition Program can assure the public that our diabetes education program has met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs," said Kathy Kleen, Tri-County Health Care chief nursing officer. 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," said Pam Doebbeling, RN, diabetes educator.

The participant in an American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his/her diabetes treatment regimen. Patients who participate in the Tri-County Health Diabetes Resource Program gain knowledge about the diabetes disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medications, monitoring, preventing, detecting and treating acute complications.

"Goal setting is also an important part of diabetes self-management," said Doebbeling.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. "At Tri-County Health Care the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of the diabetes program is a vital component to assisting the patient in becoming responsible for their diabetes management," said Kleen. "Unnecessary hospital admissions and some acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education."