RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 3, 2017) – The Queen City Regional Medical Clinic Diabetes Education Program recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). This nationally recognized program affords residents in and around Spearfish increased access to critical diabetes education services.
“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Diabetes Education Accreditation Program Director Leslie E. Kolb, R.N., BSN, MBA. “Queen City Regional Medical Clinic Diabetes Education Program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”
Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.
The program, located at the Queen City Regional Medical Clinic at 1420 N 10th St., is provided by diabetes educators and offers individual education as well as diabetes education classes.
“Patients who complete diabetes self-management education have fewer complications and their health care costs are less. We see decreases in A1C’s (a measurement of long-term blood sugar) after education, improvements in quality of life, and patients are being self-empowered to manage their diabetes long term.” said Diabetes Education Program Manager and Certified Diabetes Educator Deb Winter, R.N.
For more information about the Diabetes Education Program, please visit www.regionalhealth.org or call 605-717-8595.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies. For more information, visit regionalhealth.com.
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