Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This allows the people with Diabetes in and around the Will County area increased access to high quality diabetes education services.
Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. The program is comprehensive and includes individual appointments with a nurse and a dietitian as well as group training sessions.
“The mission of the PSJMC diabetes education program is to empower individuals with diabetes to self-manage their condition by providing comprehensive education and ongoing support. Our dynamic team approach leads to increased diabetes control, preventing or reducing diabetes-related complications, and an improved quality of life.” - Deanna Hoole RN, BSN – Diabetes Program Coordinator at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.
“AADE’s accreditation assures that an accredited program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Programs who meet this criteria are considered high quality and have been shown to improve the health status of the individuals who embrace the education and help to modify sometimes unhealthy behaviors, or simply provide the education that the person with diabetes has not previously received” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009.”