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Community Hospital Receives American Diabetes Association Recognition

December 29, 2011

McCook, Nebraska—Community Hospital was recently recertified and received the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for its quality diabetes self-management education program. The hospital’s diabetes program was originally recognized by the ADA in December of 1999.

ADA recognition signifies Community Hospital’s diabetes educational program meets the national standards for diabetes patient education and has knowledgeable health professionals who help participants manage their diabetes more effectively—in many cases avoiding the complications of the disease. In addition, ADA recognition is important because it gives facilities like Community Hospital access to the latest diabetes research and treatments and is valuable in helping patients receive Medicare and insurance company reimbursement for diabetes education.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide, said Monica Wacker, RN, Community Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator. It also assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high quality service.” Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and awarded for four years. Application for recognition is voluntary.

Diabetes education is important since 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 8.3% of the population, have diabetes. 18.8 million of those people are diagnosed while 7.0 million people are undiagnosed. 79 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes. 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010. (Data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet released Jan. 26, 2011)

Wacker says Community Hospital’s diabetes education program focuses on teaching people how to live successfully with diabetes. “Rather than teaching patients how to live their lives by adapting to diabetes, we offer ways to fit the disease into their individual lifestyles,” she said. “For instance, we no longer tell people they cannot eat sugar or that some foods are bad. Now we say eating a little bit of everything is okay, but we must eat things at the right time and in appropriate portions.”

Diabetic Team

Monica Wacker has been a certified diabetes educator since May 1999. She is a registered nurse and has been employed by Community Hospital since 1992. Her training and experience have led her to the understanding that everyone is an individual. She assesses each person and assists them in fitting diabetes into their daily life, empowering them to make good choices.

Pat Rice, Registered Dietician, has been a member of the Community Hospital staff since 1998. She earned a bachelor of science degree in dietetics from the coordinated undergraduate program at Kansas State University in 1982. Pat is a widely-experienced dietetic consultant,

diabetic educator, and advocate of nutrition and lifestyle choices in the prevention and management of disease.

To provide diabetic education to people in the McCook area, the following services are available:

Diabetic Class

The diabetic class requires a physician’s referral to participate. Group classes meet on an “as needed” basis. The classes consist of three sessions that are two to 2 1/2 hours in length.

Individual Sessions

One-on-one teaching sessions are available upon request. A physician’s referral is required.

Pre-diabetic Program

A pre-diabetes program offered twice a year focuses on how to prevent or delay diabetes. Cost is $10 which provides the two-session class, “The Calorie King” book and a pedometer.

Diabetic Support Group

A diabetic support group meets on a regular basis to further support area diabetic patients. The group meets every other month at Community Hospital on the third Thursday at 7 p.m. from September to May. Informal meetings are facilitated by Wacker. The next support group meeting is March 19th 2008.

Diabetic Outpatient Services

Community Hospital’s diabetes educators, Monica Wacker RN, CDE and Pat Rice Registered Dietician, see individual patients at Community Hospital, Curtis Medical Center, Trenton Medical Clinic and the Outpatient Services center in Indianola. A physician or physician assistant referral is needed.

Medical Nutrition Therapy Services

It is no surprise that diet plays an important role in helping con­trol diabetes. Outpatient nutrition counseling is provided through our registered dietitian, Pat Rice. Physician referral is needed to participate in this service.

Diabetic Health Fairs and Grocery Store Tours

The Diabetic Services department offers a diabetic health fair, grocery store tour, or other activity which further aids in supporting and educating diabetics on how to manage their disease.

Community Hospital’s comprehensive Diabetic program is certified by the American Diabetes Association®, in conjunction with the Heartland Health Alliance and the Diabetes Center at BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln. For more information on Community Hospital’s diabetes programs, call Monica Wacker, at 308-344-8539.

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