The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the nation’s leading organization committed to fighting diabetes, announced the recognition of CentraState Healthcare System’s Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center through the Education Recognition Program (ERP). The recognition lasts for four years.
The certification acknowledges that CentraState offers a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide people who have diabetes with comprehensive information about how to successfully manage the chronic condition. The accomplished team includes: Jennean Schram, MS, RD, CDES, Jennie Flanagan, RN, BSN, CDCES, Amy Dotto, RN, BSN, CDECS, Teresa Duffy, MS, MSN, ANP-C, CDCES, and Virginia Carreira DNP, RN, APN, CCRN, CDCES, CSN, FAANP.
“The expertise of our team is unrivaled and this recognition speaks to the quality of our service,” said Kim Simers, assistant vice president of Integrated Health. “The Novo Nordisk Diabetes Center team of five certified diabetes educators are here to help anyone manage diabetes in order to prevent or delay the serious complications of diabetes.”
CentraState helps those who are newly diagnosed or who have had long-term diabetes by educating them on practical information to better manage the chronic condition.
The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES). The DSMES Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, 2012 and 2017. The ERP promotes quality Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) for people with diabetes by certifying that services adhere to the National Standards for DSMES. Services certified by the ADA’s ERP program offer a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Services apply for recognition voluntarily, and ADA-ERP recognition lasts for four years.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (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 4,110 Americans 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. Diabetes continues to be the seventh leading cause of death in the US—in 2015, it contributed to 252,806 deaths. The ADA’s Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017 confirms diabetes as the nation’s most expensive chronic health care condition at $327 billion.