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Diabetes Center at University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center recognized by American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education

Friday, June 13, 2014

Program rated as meeting or exceeding ADA national standards for quality

Bedford, Ohio – The Diabetes Center at University Hospitals (UH) Bedford Medical Center, a campus of UH Regional Hospitals, was recently recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for Quality Self-Management Education. The community hospital-based facility offers area residents convenient, close-to-home access to comprehensive diabetes care which includes clinical, educational and support services provided on an outpatient basis.

“The recognition means we have the official support and sponsorship from the ADA as a health care provider for diabetes,” says Gina Nemecek, RD, LD, Clinical Nutrition Manager and Program Coordinator, The Diabetes Center at UH Bedford Medical Center. “Our capabilities are differentiated because of the involvement of a dedicated Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP).”

The CNP’s role encompasses performing a complete patient assessment; developing a personalized care plan; establishing baselines to enable providers to monitor a patient’s progress; providing access to a diverse team of dietitians, pharmacists, podiatrists, wound care physicians and other specialists; and maximizing a patient’s diabetes self-management and overall well-being.

The ADA recognition acknowledges that the Diabetes Center has clear objectives, an established method demonstrating improved outcomes and a quality level of service comparable with other organizations providing diabetes care and education. “Our patients have the comfort of knowing that our program meets or exceeds national standards to help them make informed decisions about managing their diabetes and improving their overall health,” says Yvonne Evans-Warren, Certified Nurse Practitioner, the Diabetes Center at UH Bedford Medical Center.

If diabetes or pre-diabetic symptoms are not controlled properly and a patient’s blood sugar is elevated for too long, damage to blood vessels and nerves that support the body’s systems may result. That damage can cause vision loss, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, sexual dysfunction, nonhealing wounds leading to limb amputation, gum disease and tooth loss.

With compassionate, one-on-one support, the clinical experts at the Diabetes Center provide patients with the latest advancements in diabetes care to boost wellness and prevent complications. “It is crucial that we tailor our programs to meet the needs of the communities we serve and this recognition further supports our mission to provide the highest quality services to our patients,” says Robert G. David, President, UH Bedford Medical Center. “With diabetes on the rise locally and nationally, we are pleased and privileged to offer a program that provides the education and disease management skills to help our patients live well with diabetes.”

To learn more about the American Diabetes Association-recognized services offered by the Diabetes Center at UH Bedford Medical Center, visit www.UHBedford.org/Diabetes or call 440-735-4700.

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