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Published on June 25, 2009

Diabetes Education Program Earns Recognition

The Palos Community Hospital Diabetes Program has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The multidisciplinary program first received accreditation in 1997.

This program, available at the Primary Care Center, offers high quality education to the patients it serves. Program participants meet with dietitians, a nurse, a pharmacist, a physical therapist and a social worker to get a more complete understanding of diabetes and the lifestyle changes involved. Last year, more than 700 patients received vital information through the hospital's Diabetes Program. With this certification, the program will continue to receive payments for eligible Medicare participants and is listed on the ADA's Web site as a recognized diabetes education program.

"Our program takes place in a friendly, compassionate, and motivational environment," says Lela Iliopoulos, Diabetes Program Coordinator. "Unlike many other programs, we provide an interactive and multidisciplinary approach, focusing on behavior and lifestyle modification."

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. Compliance with the National Standards ensures greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

To learn more about the Diabetes Education program at Palos, call (708) 226-2330.