(Torrington, CT) The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Diabetes and Endocrinology Education Program recently received a renewal of its prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes self-management education programs. The ADA believes the CHH program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The practice at 780 Litchfield Street, Torrington, operates the ADA recognized program to help people with diabetes and offers insulin pump training, weight loss programs, carbohydrate counting classes, blood glucose awareness training and continuous glucose monitoring. The team of board certified diabetes physician specialists, certified diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and social workers are specifically trained to help people with diabetes avoid complications and maintain better health throughout their lifetime. Their goals are to provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to diabetes treatment and disease management.
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These 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 and 2012.
Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide, comments Lois Pelletier, CHH Diabetes Education Coordinator. “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.” Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 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 and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.
For more information about the CHH Diabetes Education Program or to schedule an appointment, call (860) 496-2198.
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org for information.
(LtoR) Caregivers at CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology include David Ohotnicky, APRN,Jennifer Pysar, RDCDE, Lois Pelletier, RN, Diabetes Education Coordinator, and Egils Bogdanovics, MD.