St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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St. Elizabeth’s Diabetes Education Program committed to comprehensive care to help avoid, minimize and  manage the effects of diabetes

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a member of Steward Health Care and a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine, was recently recognized by the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) for Quality Self-Management Education. The ADA Education Recognition Effort, begun in the fall of 1996, 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 patients.

“Our program is committed to the lifelong health of all of our patients,” said Ann T. Sweeney, MD, Chief of Endocrinology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. “Diabetes self-management education is the cornerstone in the treatment of patients with diabetes.   Our program focuses on helping patients attain and maintain good blood sugar control in order to prevent complications and achieve optimal health for all of our patients.”

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment.  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 and chronic complications; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care and management during pregnancy.

For more information about St. Elizabeth’s Diabetes Education Program, please contact 617-562-7775.

About St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is a major academic medical center affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine.  Areas of medical excellence include cardiology, neurosciences, general and robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, women’s health, high-risk obstetrics, bone and joint health, hematology/oncology, pulmonary medicine and emergency medicine.  St. Elizabeth’s is a member of Steward Health Care, which is the second largest health care system in New England.  Visit St. Elizabeth’s online at About St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center

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