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CRH Diabetes Services named accredited diabetes education program

Columbus -   Columbus Regional Hospital's Outpatient Diabetes Services was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

This accreditation allows residents in and around Columbus increased access to critical diabetes education services. 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. It is provided by diabetes educators.

"The overall objectives of diabetes education are to support informed decision making, self-care behaviors, problem solving, and active collaboration with the health care team and to improve clinical outcomes, health status, and quality of life," said Lucina Kessler, ACNS, BC, CDE, Outpatient Diabetes Services program coordinator.

Columbus Regional Hospital's Outpatient Diabetes Services offers individual appointments with diabetes specialists, educational classes, insulin pump training, gestational diabetes programs, and more.

"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 Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program.  "CRH's Diabetes Services is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009."

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death. Complications associated with diabetes include heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, blindness and kidney disease.

To visit Outpatient Diabetes Services patients must be referred by a physician. For more information call 812-376-5709 or visit www.crh.org/services and click on Diabetes Services.

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