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SHNV Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

Awards & Recognition

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joshua Cowan, Vice President

Adventist Health, Northern California Network

707.967.7517

 Joshua.cowan@ah.org

ST. HELENA HOSPITAL DIABETES EDUCATION PROGRAM  MERITS ADA RECOGNITION

St. Helena, CA January 6, 2014 — The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program was recently awarded to St. Helena Hospital’s Diabetes program on January 6, 2014. ADA acknowledges 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 were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information bout diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” comments Kathy DeMaggio, RD, CDE, coordinator for the DSME program. “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.

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 US. 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 St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley: St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,900 includes more than 21,200 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,200 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 170 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit www.sthelenahospitals.org for more information.