American Diabetes Association recognizes high quality education program for nine consecutive years.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (June 7, 2011)—The American Diabetes Association has awarded Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s Diabetes education program the prestigious Education Recognition Certificate. This award recognizes programs for a quality diabetes self-management education program. The program was originally recognized in May of 2002 and has continually received the honor since then.
“Diabetes is a serious issue within the Fayette community, and quality education is the key to managing this disease,” said Denise Bennett, certified diabetes educator and clinical lead for Piedmont Fayette Hospital's Diabetes Education services. “The American Diabetes Association recognition process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide. The Education Recognition Certificate is an indication to consumers that they can expect high-quality service.”
According to the Diabetes Association, there are 23.6 million people (8 percent of the population) in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed nationwide, unfortunately, 5.7 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45 percent, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined.
The disease is so prevalent in the southeastern United States that the area is often referred to as the “diabetes belt.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11.4 percent of Fayette County citizens are diagnosed with diabetes.
Piedmont Fayette Hospital applied for the recognition voluntarily. The Diabetes Association’s Education Recognition Certificate is awarded for four years and assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. It is considered to be an essential component of effective diabetes management. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in l983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000 and 2007. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
For more information visit us at piedmontfayette.org or to schedule an appointment with the Piedmont Fayette Hospital Diabetes Education Program, call 770-719-7290. Please note that all diabetes education requires a physician order.