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(Hartford, Conn. July 10, 2014)
– The prestigious American
Diabetes Association ADA Education
Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education
program was recently awarded to Saint Francis Care’s Center for Diabetes
and Metabolic Services. ADA believes that this program offers 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 revised by the diabetes
community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.
Programs apply for recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve recognition
status have a staff of 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,” said Latha Dulipsingh,
M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., Director of Diabetes & Metabolic Services at
Saint Francis. “And, of course, it
assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.”
Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate
from ADA and awarded for four years. Saint Francis first received this
recognition in 1989.
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, 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 U.S. 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.
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/erp
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an
integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and
Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since
1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65
bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in
New England. Other major entities of
Saint Francis Care include The Mount
Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent
organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and
Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a
network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office
centers sited throughout the region. For
more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.