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lt. to rt.: Jacqueline Carlson, RD and Kathleen Krieg, R.N., and Certified Diabetes Educators for the WCA Diabetes Education Program, recently received a three-year certification from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for meeting national standards for diabetes self-management education.


Jamestown, New York (Monday, March 3, 2008) - The Diabetes Education Program at WCA Hospital has once again received a three-year certification from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education. The program was originally recognized in January of 2002.

"Our voluntary compliance demonstrates our continued pledge to build the strongest medical community possible," said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. "Certification by the American Diabetes Association inspires a high level of confidence for our patients, referring physicians and managed care organizations, and assures them that only the highest quality of care is being provided at WCA."

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

"The rigorous process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide," said Jacqueline Carlson, RD, WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator. "This outstanding recognition assures our clients that they will receive top rated, high quality service at WCA."

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 and 2000. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for three years.

The ADA concludes that the WCA Hospital Diabetes program provides high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 20.8 million people or 7% 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%, 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 Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

"Assuring high-quality diabetes education is an essential component of our care," said Kathleen Krieg, R.N. BSN, certified diabetes educator at WCA Hospital. "At WCA, we listen, we understand, and we identify a personalized program that helps people take control and manage their diabetes so they can lead rewarding and active lives."

For more information about the WCA Hospital Diabetes Education Program or to make an appointment, call (716) 664-8246.

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