Clear Lake Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Management Center Merits ADA Recognition for 21 Years in a Row

American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate will be presented to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center - Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 3:30pm.

The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program will be presented to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center’s (CLRMC) Diabetes Management Center on June 5, 2014 at 3:30pm. This is the 21st year in a row that CLRMC will receive this certification that serves as recognition by the American Diabetes Association that Clear Lake Regional Medical Center’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 25.8 million people or 8.5% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.0 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 5,205 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 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2010 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” comments Liz Miller, RN, BSN, MS, CDE, Program Coordinator.  “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.” Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

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

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.

For more information on recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call your local ADA office or contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org/erp

FOR THE MEDIA:

WHAT: The media is invited to attend the American Diabetes Association presentation on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 3:30pm, in the Main Tower Lobby of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC), where Clear Lake Regional Medical Center will be presented with the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate. In attendance will be Danielle Soria-Orozco, Associate Director for Houston Area American Diabetes Association, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marietta, along with Deanna Howard, Director of Education for CLRMC, Liz Miller, CLRMC Diabetes Program Coordinator, Danielle Peterson, CLRMC Program Coordinator, Rebecca Kelly, CLRMC Dietician and Diabetes Educator, and Sandy Hardy, CLRMC Patient Educator.

WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm. 

WHERE: Main Tower Lobby of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center – 500 W. Medical Center Blvd, Webster, TX 77598.
(281) 332-2511

About Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital offering inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and specialty services. The campus includes The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Breast Diagnostic Center, Wound Care Center, a level III Neonatal ICU, the area’s only Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric ICU, and a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages. With a medical staff of more than 850, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center employs more than 2,100 medical professionals and has served the community for more than 40 years. In 2013, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center invested $92 million in an expansion and renovation project that enhanced services to better serve the Bay Area Houston community. For more information, call 281-332-2511 or visit online at www.clearlakermc.com. For the latest news and updates, visit our website at www.clearlakermc.com or stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.