William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Madison VA Continues Quality Diabetes Education
October 20, 2017
Madison, WI – The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital received its 7th consecutive recognition for Diabetes Self-Management Education from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Originally recognized in August of 1994 and re-evaluated every 4 years, the Madison VA program offers education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
“We work hard to provide high quality care and patient education,” said Sue McCartney, Diabetes Self-Management Education Program Coordinator. “We are honored to accept this recognition, but the most important thing is getting the word out to Veterans who can benefit from this program.”
Close to 25% of VA patients have 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.
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, 2012, and 2017.
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 our staff a national standard by which to measure the quality of services we provide,” said John Rohrer, Director of the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. “Maintaining this level of quality takes commitment and a dedication to excellence for our Veterans.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes.
Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.