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Morris Hospital Diabetes Education Center Achieves Re-Accreditation

Morris Hospital Diabetes Education Center Achieves Re-Accreditation
January 15, 2018 Mark Malone

Morris Hospital Diabetes Education Center Achieves Re-Accreditation

December 18, 2017, MORRIS, IL –  The Diabetes Education Center at Morris Hospital has renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

According to the AADE, programs that meet their extensive criteria and rigorous standards are considered high quality and have been shown to improve the health status of individuals.

“The AADE accreditation is significant because it verifies that we are using an approved diabetes curriculum that meets a high standard of care,” says Diane Mangan, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

Through the Diabetes Education Center, Morris Hospital offers one-on-one counseling sessions for individuals with pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes, type 1and type 2 diabetes. The counseling sessions require a physician’s order and focus on education related to medication administration, blood glucose monitoring, insulin pump therapy and all other diabetes-related care. The Morris Hospital Diabetes Education program first became accredited in 2013, with accreditation renewable every four years.

“Diabetes education is a collaborative process that provides people with or at risk for diabetes the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions,” says Mangan, adding that patients in the Morris Hospital diabetes education program average a 1.6% decrease in their average blood sugar (A1C) over a 120 day period, a significant improvement. “Our ultimate goal is to prevent complications that commonly occur with diabetes and help patients achieve optimal health so they can have the best quality of life possible.”

In addition to one-on-one counseling services, Morris Hospital offers free diabetes education programs for the community including a carbohydrate counting class and a prediabetes class. For more information, call 815-705-7367.

Serving patients at 25 locations in 11 communities, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as physician offices in Braidwood, Channahon, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Mazon, Minooka, Morris, Newark, Ottawa and Yorkville. Through the services of over 1,700 healthcare professionals, physicians and volunteers, Morris Hospital provides lifesaving cardiac intervention with angioplasty and stents, a radiation therapy center for cancer patients, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, and immediate care services at three locations. Morris Hospital is a Level II trauma center, a Level II perinatal care provider with an intermediate care nursery, and a Primary Stroke Center. Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is a recipient of The Advisory Board Company’s 2017 Workplace of the Year Award for having outstanding employee engagement and was named on Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Community Hospitals list in 2016 and 2017.