MORRIS – Morris Hospital’s outpatient diabetes education program has been accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), an indication that the hospital is providing the highest quality diabetes education services.
Morris Hospital received accreditation after demonstrating that its outpatient diabetes education program meets the extensive criteria and rigorous standards established by the AADE, according to a news release.
“The accreditation is significant because it verifies that we are using an approved curriculum that meets a high standard of care,” Diane Mangan, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at Morris Hospital, said in a news release.
Mangan, together with dietitian/diabetes educator Liz Baker, uses a team approach to help individuals with diabetes learn to better self manage their disease.
While Morris Hospital has been providing diabetes education services for some time, this is the first time the hospital pursued accreditation. Free services available through the Morris Hospital Diabetes Education Center include group educational classes and a monthly support group.
In addition, one on one counseling sessions with a diabetes educator are offered for people with prediabetes, gestational diabetes, type 1diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Offered at both the hospital and its Channahon Healthcare Center on Reed Street in Channahon, the one on one sessions focus on education related to medication administration, blood glucose monitoring, insulin pump therapy and all other diabetes-related care. The one on one sessions require a physician’s order and are covered by insurance in most cases.
“We want to help people with diabetes understand how their lifestyle impacts the disease and what they can do to improve their health,” Baker said in the news release.
“Our ultimate goal is to prevent complications that commonly occur with diabetes and help patients achieve optimal health so they can have the best quality of life possible.”
A Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Morris Hospital in 2013 showed diabetes is prevalent among 7.6 percent of adults in Grundy County, 9.1 percent of adults in LaSalle County and 5.7 percent of adults in Kendall County.
Serving patients in 18 communities, Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers includes the 89-bed Morris Hospital, as well as the Braidwood, Channahon, Dwight, Gardner, Marseilles, Minooka, Morris and Newark Healthcare Centers.