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Providence Diabetes Center Merits ADA Recognition

March 26, 2009
The Providence Diabetes Center, Kansas City, Kan., recently received the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for its quality diabetes self-management education program. The three-year certification is effective from February 2009 through February 2012. The Providence Diabetes Center has been accredited since 2003 and is one of 2,061 programs across the United States that have achieved this designation. Ruth Noel, B.S.N., R.N., C.D.E., coordinator for the outpatient education program, says access to an accredited diabetes program is especially important for the residents of Wyandotte County. “At 8.8 percent, Wyandotte County’s incidence of diabetes is the highest in the 11-county metropolitan area,” Noel says. “The Providence Diabetes Center is one of only two accredited programs that serve patients in this community.” The program also provides outpatient education and a support group at Saint John Hospital, Leavenworth, Kan., as a satellite site. The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures the community and insurers that educational programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. According to Lois Book, Ed.D., M.S., B.S.N., R.N., director of the hospital’s Diabetes Center, accreditation informs consumers that the Providence Diabetes Center offers a consistently high quality service. “We can help persons with diabetes appreciate and develop self-management skills to live normal, healthy lives with diabetes and prevent or delay complications from the disease,” Dr. Book says. Noel agrees and adds that the most important person in managing the patient’s diabetes is the patient. “We provide the motivation and support to help patients make the lifestyle changes necessary to manage their disease, but the patient has to want to change to lose weight, eat right, exercise and be healthy.” In 2008, the Providence Diabetes Center served 580 clients. These patients were referred from 116 different physicians from throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. They participated in education classes and received help in achieving a 19.86 percent reduction in A1C levels, a measure of long-term blood glucose control. The final average A1C level of clients was 6.83 percent. This is below the ADA- recommended target of less than 7 percent for optimum diabetes control. The Diabetes Center offers group classes on basic self-management, gestational diabetes, and nutrition/carbohydrate counting. Individual instruction is provided on skills and diet when needed by a client. Diabetes support and weight management support groups are offered monthly at Providence and Saint John. Ongoing support for persons who have taken classes at the Providence Diabetes Center is provided through a monthly newsletter and quarterly Diabetes Dining Club events. Noel is coordinator and an instructor for the outpatient education program. Other instructors in the program include Mary Lou Hunt, M.S.W., Anne Hytrek M.S.Ed., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., and Ranae Butler, R.D., L.D. Maureen Gilchrist, B.S.N., R.N., C.D.E., and Bill Davis, B.S., R.N., C.D.E., provide additional support in teaching individual patients. For more information about the Diabetes Center’s programs, call 913-596-3970 or 1-800-966-8929, ext. 3970.