ST. MARYS — The Joint Township District Memorial Hospital (JTDMH) diabetes self-management education program in St. Marys has been awarded continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association.

The program was originally Recognized in August of 2008. This program offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves. The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the fall of 1986, is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants. Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes.

The participant in an ADA Recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care and management during pregnancy; and gestational management. Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program.

Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” commented Krissy Mullenhour RN, BSN, CDCES, diabetes educator coordinator at JTDMH. “And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”

For more information, contact Krissy Mullenhour at JTDMH at phone number 419-394-3387 ext. 2147 or email [email protected].