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Community Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program receives ADA recognition

The Diabetes Education Program at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet has received continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association. The CMH diabetes program offers high quality education services to area patients and first received recognition in 2005 and the current recognition designation is effective through May 2019.

The ADA recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs. To receive this recognition status, the staff must be knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state of the art information about diabetes management for participants.

The Diabetes Education Program at CMH includes a registered nurse and registered dietitian, both certified as diabetes educators.

“The recognition process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide and helps consumers identify these quality programs,” explained CMH Diabetes Education Director Mary Kay Marciniak, RN, CDE.

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.