Olean General Hospital's Diabetes Education Program Merits Recognition from the American Diabetes Association
Posted on: 03/31/2011
Olean General Hospital (OGH) today announced that its Diabetes Self-Management Education Program has been awarded a three-year extension of the prestigious Education Recognition Certificate from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The program was first recognized by the ADA in 1993, and has earned continuous recognition status since.
“We are very proud of the Diabetes Education Program at Olean General Hospital,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and member hospitals Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital. “The program was the first of its kind west of the Hudson River to be recognized by the ADA. Our staff works very hard to provide patients and community members with the educational tools and resources they need to manage, and even prevent, this disease.”
The ADA only recognizes programs that provide exceptional education, which is a vital component of effective treatment. According to the ADA, diabetes self-management education is the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skill and ability necessary for diabetes self-care. Further, the program is designed to support informed decision-making, self-care behaviors, problem solving and active collaboration to improve clinical outcomes, health status and quality of life. Each ADA-approved program provides information on diet and nutrition management, physical activity, medications and monitoring, as well as acute and chronic complications.
The Diabetes Education Program at Olean General Hospital is coordinated by Clinical Nutrition Manager Mary Fay, RD, CDE, and Diabetes Educator Barbara Walker, RN, CDE.
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Further, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have pre-diabetes, which is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Pre-diabetes significantly raises the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Approximately 27 percent of those with diabetes—about seven million Americans—are unaware they have the disease.
“Diabetes is a serious health issue, specifically in our region,” said Ronald S. Mornelli, COO of Olean General Hospital. “Mary Fay and Barbara Walker do a tremendous job of coordinating a program that continuously meets the most stringent of ADA national standards. We urge all of those impacted by the disease to take full advantage of the resources this progressive program offers.”
For more information on Olean General Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program, or to learn more about disease prevention and management and speak with a registered dietician, please call 716.375.6271.
Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital are members of Upper Allegheny Health System. For more information about Olean General Hospital, visit www.ogh.org.
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