Diabetes Centers at Four Hospitals in Medical System Recognized for Education Programs

For immediate release: April 30, 2009

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Karen E. Warmkessel

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American Diabetes Association certifies centers' expertise in teaching self-care

The Joslin Diabetes Centers at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and Shore Health System have been recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for their comprehensive education programs to teach patients with diabetes how to manage their disease.

The hospitals are part of the nine-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS). The University of Maryland Medical Center and UMMC Midtown Campus are located in Baltimore, while Baltimore Washington Medical Center is in Glen Burnie. Shore Health System's Joslin Center affiliate is located at Memorial Hospital in Easton.

The ADA recognition means that the centers meet rigorous national standards for providing diabetes self-management education ”“ a key component of an effective treatment plan that helps to prevent life-threatening complications. The centers are affiliates of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, the world's largest diabetes research, clinical care and education center. UMMS has partnered with Joslin to offer comprehensive diabetes care.

The diabetes education programs at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center and UMMC Midtown Campus had previously received ADA recognition and applied for renewal. Shore Health System's center opened in November and recently was recognized. The recognition for all of the centers is effective through April 6, 2012.

“We are very pleased that the ADA has recognized these four outstanding centers within our medical system,” says Glenn F. Robbins, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer of the University of Maryland Medical System. “The recognition process gives health care professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide. It also helps consumers identify these quality diabetes education programs.”

ADA-approved self-management education programs provide patients with information about nutritional management; physical activity; monitoring; medications; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; goal-setting and problem-solving; psychological adjustment; and treating chronic complications through risk reduction.

“With support from the health care team and a better understanding of diabetes, patients can assume a major part of the responsibility for managing their disease,” says Dale Rose, R.N., M.S., ambulatory network administrator at the Joslin Diabetes Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “By promoting self-care, we hope to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are about 20.8 million people in the United States who have diabetes, or 7 percent of the population. Of these, 14.6 million have been diagnosed; 6.2 million people are not aware they have this disease. Many are not diagnosed until they experience a life-threatening complication, such as kidney disease, stroke, heart disease, blindness or nerve disease. The American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Its diabetes education recognition program started in 1986.

The Joslin Diabetes Centers at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UMMC Midtown Campus and Shore Health System help people with diabetes take charge of their own health and well being, offering multidisciplinary care and individualized treatment plans.  For more information about the centers, go to http://www.umm.edu/diabetes/, http://www.mybwmc.org/diabetesendocrinology, http://www.marylandgeneral.org/joslin/, http://www.shorehealth.org/services/joslin/

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