Aspirus’ diabetes education programs earn ADA recertification

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HOUGHTON COUNTY — Diabetes self-management education programs at Aspirus Keweenaw and Aspirus Ontonagon hospitals have recently been awarded recertification by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Program for providing high-quality education services for patients.

The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process and assures that approved education programs have met the National Standard for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Achieving recognition status signifies that staff are knowledgeable health professionals who provide patients with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Recognition is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and awarded for four years.

Aspirus Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator Beth Cook, RD, CDE, who manages the diabetes self-management education programs for both Aspirus Keweenaw and Aspirus Ontonagon hospitals, said, “Knowing that our hospitals maintain high standards, procedures and protocols, assures our patients that they are receiving the highest quality of care and most up-to-date clinical resources to help them manage diabetes.”

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment, and patients in ADA-recognized programs are taught self-care skills designed to promote better management of their diabetes treatment regimen. Through appropriate self-management, unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes can be prevented.

The ADA is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients, and the public.

For more information about the diabetes self-management group classes, one-on-one appointments and monthly support groups, call Beth Cook, RD, CDE, at 906-337-6078.

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