SPRINGFIELD – The Diabetes Education Center at Mercy Medical Center has been awarded a four-year recertification by the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Education Recognition Program for providing high quality education services to the patients it serves.
Patricia Moriarty, BSN, RN, CDE, CWS, CRRN, Diabetes Nurse Educator; and Mary Anne Sopelak, MS, RD, LDN, CDE Diabetes Education coordinator/nutrition educator, hold the recertification plaque from the American Diabetes Association. Standing behind them are (left to right): Diane Rys, office coordinator; Jean Klepacki, RD, LDN, CDE, nutrition educator; Jessica Foster, BS, HFS, exercise physiologist; and Maureen Gallant, BSN, RN, CDE, diabetes nurse educator.
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The recertification also recognizes the services provided at the Mercy Diabetes Education at Noble program at Noble Hospital in Westfield.
The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process that assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. According to the ADA, programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment, and participants in an ADA recognized program are taught self-care skills designed to promote better management of their diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover a comprehensive list of topics to meet the patient’s individual needs. These topics include diabetes disease process, nutritional management, physical activity, medication, monitoring, goal setting and problem solving, as well as preventing, detecting and treating acute complications, and preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction.
“With the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, patients are empowered to be more responsible for their diabetes management and the prevention of complications from the disease,” Mary Anne Sopelak, MS, RD, CDE, Education coordinator/nutrition education, Diabetes Education Center, Mercy Medical Center, said. “The ADA Education Recognition is a tremendous distinction that not only gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services we provide, it also helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”
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