WVUH Diabetes Education Center recognized by American Diabetes Association

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The staff of the West Virginia University Hospitals Diabetes Education Center knows that there's more to managing diabetes than testing blood sugars and taking medicines. And for that reason, the center recently received recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The ADA presented the WVUH Diabetes Education Center with a recognition certificate for quality diabetes self-management education programs. The program was originally recognized in June 2004. Certificates are awarded every four years.

“This recognition is very important to us. It proves that we are truly doing the best job and providing the best services that we can,” Vicki Chase, R.N., WVUH diabetes education coordinator, said.

Program staff apply for recognition voluntarily. They must have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. The WVUH Diabetes Education Center staff includes three nurses, a registered dietitian and a business manager.

According to the ADA, there are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes. About 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year. The Diabetes Education Center staff at WVUH sees between 400 and 500 patients a month. They range in age from children to the elderly, and are both the recently diagnosed and those who need a refresher course. The education provided by the staff includes everything from understanding sugar levels to managing stress.

“Our ultimate goal is for our patients to have a great quality of life that is minimally affected by their diagnosis,” Chase said.

For more information on the WVUH Diabetes Education Center see http://health.wvu.edu/services/diabetes-education-center/index.aspx.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 05-28-10

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