The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Pendleton Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center. The ADA believes that YRMC’s diabetes Education Program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment and management.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These 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.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable healthcare professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

“The process gives our highly-trained professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” comments Andrea Klein, Director of Preventive Medicine, Wellness and Cardiac Rehabilitation at YRMC. “It also assures our patients that they will receive high-quality service when they participate in our diabetes management programs.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report there are 30.3 million people or 9.4 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation. About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 years or older in 2015.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information on recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call the ADA office at 1.900.DIABETE (342-2383) or contact the ADA online.

To learn more about the diabetes education programs at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, please call the Pendleton Center at YRMC at (928) 771-5794.