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Stepehens Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program merits national recognition

NORWAY, ME –   The prestigious American Diabetes Associate (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) and its Diabetes Self-Management Education Program in January 2008.  The program was originally Recognized in January 2005.   The ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The ADA's Education Recognition Certificate assures that Stephen's educational program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. 

The SMH Diabetes Program applies for the Recognition voluntarily.  The program at Stephens has achieved strict criteria in order to attain the Recognition including having a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes and management of the disease.  Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and awarded for three years.

"This process and recognition assures our community that patients will receive superior service at Stephens Memorial Hospital for diabetes education and management," comments Western Maine Health Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD. 

According to the ADA, there are 20.8 million people or seven percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes.  While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease.  Each day approximately 4,110 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, and nerve disease and amputation.  About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2005.  Diabetes contributed to 224,092 deaths in 2002.  Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45 percent, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke, and cancer have declined.

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 ADA has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information about diabetes or other health information, visit the Stephens Memorial Hospital Web site at  Stephens Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of Western Maine Health, which is part of the Maine Health® family. 

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