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CMC/DHK Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Merits Continued ADA Recognition

February 06, 2015
Keene, NH

Patti Schuman

Patti Schuman, coordinator, diabetes self-management education at CMC/DHK

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was renewed for the Cheshire County Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Cheshire Medical Center/ Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) on January 7, 2015. ADA believes that this program continues to offer high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

ADA’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.

Healthcare organizations with diabetes education and self-management programs apply for recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” stated Patti Schuman, RD, CDE, coordinator, diabetes self-management education at CMC/DHK. “It assures the patient that he or she will receive high-quality services,” Ms. Schuman continued.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 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 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

In addition to the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, CMC/DHK offers the “Diabetes Care Network” that consists of a team of specially trained and certified clinicians including an endocrinologist, primary care providers, collaborative care nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, health psychologists, pharmacists, physical therapists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, neurologists, and cardiologists who offer patients a multifaceted approach that includes medical care, coping skills and assistance with lifestyle change. The CMC/DHK team utilizes some of the latest diabetes management tools such as basal bolus insulin therapy, insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring.

For more information about the CMC/DHK Diabetes Care Network’s programs, call the information line at (603) 354-6799 or visit us online at www.cheshiremed.org/diabetes, or call the diabetes network receptionist at (603) 354-6570, option #3.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation’s healthiest community by 2020. To learn more, call 603-354-5400 or visit cheshiremed.org.

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