Olean General Hospital's Salamanca Health Center Merits Recognition from the American Diabetes Association
Posted on: 06/04/2011
Olean General Hospital’s (OGH) Salamanca Health Center has been awarded recognition into the prestigious Diabetes Recognition Program by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The recognition began in March and carries a three year term.
“The Salamanca Health Center provides exceptional care to the people of Salamanca and the surrounding area,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and member hospitals Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital. “This recognition is reflective of the quality care provided by the center.”
The Salamanca Health Center offers primary health care to individuals sixteen years and older by Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Smith, ANP. The center is currently in the process of expanding to include imaging capabilities and an updated lab collection station. Center hours are on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Diabetes Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver best-in-class care. In receiving recognition, the Salamanca Health Center demonstrated performance that met the program’s key diabetes care measures, including patient satisfaction. When individuals diagnosed with diabetes receive appropriate care, they are less likely to suffer the serious complications that can result from the disease, such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.
“For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes, as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Richard M. Bergenstal, MD, President of Medicine and Science for the ADA. “Clinicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care. The list of recognized clinicians is the first place to look if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes.”
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.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. The committee accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, and also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the ADA provides services to more than 800 communities in the United States.
Olean General Hospital is a member of Upper Allegheny Health System. For more information, visit www.ogh.org.
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