Diabetes management program is recognized _lowres

Sherri Brady, RN

Lane Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Management Program recently received the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for maintaining a quality diabetes self-management program.

The American Diabetes Association believes Lane’s program, originally recognized in 2002, offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment, according to a news release.

The certificate assures that Lane’s diabetes program meets the national standards for such programs. The 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 and 2012.

Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and awarded every four years.

“The certification process gives professionals a national standard to measure the quality of services they provide,” said Lane’s Sherri Brady, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. “It assures the patient that he or she will receive quality service.”

According to the ADA, 29.1 million people — or 9.3 percent of the U.S. population — have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, 8.1 million people are not aware they have the disease, the release said.

The American Diabetes Association, founded in 1940, is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public.

The ADA has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide. For information on Lane’s diabetes management program, call Brady at (225) 658-4583.