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September 2, 2008

St. Nicholas Hospital Diabetes Education Program Merits the American Diabetes Association Recognition

Sheboygan, Wis. --The Diabetes Self-Management Program at St. Nicholas Hospital has been awarded an Education Recognition Certificate by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA believes the program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

According to the ADA , there are 24 million people in the United States who have diabetes--a 15 percent increase in the last two years. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease.

The certificate assures that the St. Nicholas Hospital's Diabetes Self-Management Program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Diabetes is a complex disease that requires daily self-management--monitoring blood sugars, taking medication, nutrition and exercise. Successful diabetes self-management will help an individual feel better and can significantly reduce the change of developing complications including heart disease, eye disorders, kidney disease, nerve damage and lower leg amputation.

"Teaming up with an accredited diabetes education program allows an individual to work closely with a diabetes educator who will guide that individual in learning all the skills necessary in diabetes self-management and to help them through any fears, issues and problems that are encountered along the way," said Mary Roethel, Lead Nurse, RN, BSN, CDE.

About St. Nicholas Hospital
St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Their mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through the core values of respect, care, competence, and joy.

To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org .

CONTACT: Xue Yang
Marketing Assistant
St. Nicholas Hospital
3100 Superior Avenue
Sheboygan , WI 53081
920-459-4739
xyang@sns.hshs.org

 

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