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St. Elizabeth Diabetes Center receives ADA recognition

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — St. Elizabeth Regional Health Diabetes Center recently was awarded the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.

The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

The ADA awards recognition to programs that offer high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The St. Elizabeth Diabetes Center has been accredited since 1990.

The 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 in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994 and 2000.

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,” said Laurel Widmer, R.N., director of the St. Elizabeth Diabetes Center. “It assures the patient that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.”

Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for three years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 23.6 million people or 7.8% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 5.7 million people are not aware that they have this disease.

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 the St. Elizabeth Diabetes Center and its services, call (765) 449-5180.

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