Piedmont Fayette diabetes education program merits ADA recognition

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The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Piedmont Fayette Hospital program.

The certificate assures that educational programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs.

Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. Piedmont Fayette’s program was originally recognized in May of 2002 and has continually received the honor since then.

“Diabetes is a serious issue within the Fayette community and quality education is the key to managing this disease,” said Denise Bennett, diabetes education coordinator at Piedmont Fayette. “The American Diabetes Association recognition process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide. The Education Recognition Certificate is an indication to consumers that they can expect high-quality service.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, approximately 8.1 million people are not aware they have the disease. Many first learn they have the disease when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation.

For more information about the Piedmont Fayette Hospital Diabetes Education Program, call 770-719-7290. Please note that all diabetes education requires a physician order.