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OGH earns ADA recognition

Posted on: 04/12/2019

Olean General Hospital recently earned recognition from the American Diabetes Association for quality diabetes self-management education and support service (DSMES).

OGH’s DSMES was originally recognized in 1993 and has continually maintained the standard which the ADA says is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The association’s education recognition certificate assures that educational services meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education and support.

Services that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. The OGH diabetes program faculty are certified diabetes educators. A CDE is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, prediabetes, and diabetes prevention. They educate and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition.

According to the CDC’s 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report there are 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease, and amputation.

For more information on diabetes self-management education services at OGH, call Barbara Walker, RN, CDE, or Mary Fay, RDN, CDE, at 716-375- 4127.

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