Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

June 30, 2010

Springhill Hospital's Diabetes Education Program has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association. Springhill’s program originally received this prestigious recognition in June 1995 signifying that SMC offers high quality education services to the patients we serve.
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 Program. 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 Standards 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 complication through risk reductions; 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 we provide,” said Mr. Jeff St. Clair, Springhill President and CEO. “And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”
For more information, visit Diabetes Education on this website under the What We Do tab.