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May 29, 2007 > Washington Hospital's Diabetes Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

Washington Hospital's Diabetes Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation

The Diabetes Education Program at Washington Hospital has received the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program. The association's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the national standards for quality diabetes self-management education programs.

Programs applying for recognition voluntarily undergo a rigorous review process by experts in the field of diabetes. Each program is evaluated on its ability to provide patients with an in-depth individualized education program. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

"Receiving accreditation from the ADA shows that our dedicated staff of diabetes educators are making a difference and we have shown, case by case, how people can live a healthy life with diabetes," says Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, director of Diabetes Services at Washington Hospital. "This type of recognition assures that District residents have access to high quality diabetes services right in their own backyard."

According to the California Department of Health Services, more than 99,000 people in Alameda County have diabetes and about one-third of these people are unaware of their condition. To help battle this chronic disease that affect more than 20 million Americans, Washington Hospital has expanded its diabetes program to help people better understand diabetes and teach them how to manage the disease in their daily lives.

Washington Hospital's diabetes education programs and services are facilitated by nurses and dietitians who are certified diabetes educators. These specialists work with people individually and they also facilitate group discussions related to diabetes education.

Over the last year, Washington Hospital has expanded its diabetes program to include a range of programs and classes geared toward specific topics related to diabetes management. Some of the programs include:

Diabetes and Pregnancy - Sweet Success Program
An education program that works with women who have diabetes and wish to become pregnant or those experiencing gestational diabetes.

Diabetes BASICS Program
Following the International Diabetes Center's curriculum, the BASICS program focuses on teaching need-to-know information and skills that guide participants to successful diabetes self-management.


Diabetes Matters (See adjoining article on this page)
A free, monthly diabetes education class with expert speakers and group discussion to provide information and increase knowledge about diabetes.

Diabetes Exercise Program
An exercise program specifically designed for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Supervised by a registered nurse and an exercise physiologist.

"We are broadening our approach to better meet the needs of the community," says Garnero, who was named 2004-2005 National Diabetes Educator of the Year by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. "We are here as a resource."

Washington Hospital's Diabetes Program is located at 1900 Mowry Ave., Suite 102, Fremont, CA. For more information about services and programs, please call (510) 745-6556. For detailed diabetes class and program listings, visit www.whhs.com, click on "Services & Programs," and select "Diabetes Services" from the drop-down menu.


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