The Diabetes Education Program at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has once again been awarded Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The ADA Education Recognition Program (ERP) is a voluntary process. In order to achieve recognition, YRMC met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Recognized programs must have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

Continually recognized by the ADA since 2001, YRMC offers high-quality diabetes management education through group classes as well as one-on-one individualized training. Goal setting and problem solving, guidance on nutrition, self-care, physical activity, and medications, insulin injection training, and instruction on the use of technological tools such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring systems are among the services YRMC offers.

“We’re proud to have earned recognition once again from the ADA. It assures our community that the Diabetes Education Program at YRMC is top-notch,” says Andrea Klein, Director of Preventive Medicine and Wellness, Adult Fitness, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Diabetes Support at YRMC.

“We are a team of experts that can help you achieve your goals,” Klein continues. “Our highly trained staff is here to build upon what your health care provider offers. We take the time to help you individualize your program – offering guidance, answering questions, and helping you set attainable goals.”

Klein emphasizes that a team approach is key. “We stay in touch with your providers,” she states. “The lines of communication are open so that we can give your health care provider updates and provide clarification.”

This consistent communication allows those participating in the program to assume increasing responsibility for their own diabetes management. Studies show that unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

“Daily self-management skills are absolutely essential for people to effectively navigate the 24/7 challenges of living with diabetes, helping to keep them healthy and prevent or delay the serious complications of diabetes,” said Linda Cann, MSEd, the ADA’s Senior Vice President of Professional Services. “We applaud Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center for its commitment to providing high-quality, evidence-based education and support for people with diabetes by meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support and earning the ADA’s ERP recognition.”

Diabetes Management group classes and other services are available in Prescott at the new state-of-the-art Outpatient Services Building West, adjacent to YRMC West, as well as in Prescott Valley at the Del E. Webb Outpatient Center, 3262 North Windsong Drive. For more information, visit DignityHealth.org/YRMC or call (928) 771-5794 in Prescott, or (928) 759-5920 in Prescott Valley.