KNOXVILLE – The Diabetes Center at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics has been awarded a four-year accreditation renewal from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This program was initially recognized in 2000.

The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management programs. Programs that achieve recognition status have knowledgeable health professionals who can provide up to date information about diabetes management. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy, and gestational management.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the ADA Education Recognition program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility for their diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

“Recognition as an accredited diabetes center acknowledges our team as trained experts in educating and caring for people with diabetes,” said Kari Paige, RD, LD, Clinical Dietitian & Diabetes Program Coordinator. “Patients in our diabetes education programs can be assured that they are receiving the best care and tools in diabetes self-management so that they can live a long and healthy life.”

For more information, contact Kari Paige at (641) 842-1519.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit www.knoxvillehospital.org.