June 5, 2006
The Hallett Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Rhode Island Hospital has received an American Diabetes Association three-year certificate of recognition for its diabetes self-management education program. The Hallett Center recognition extends to education programs at six sites throughout the area.
Diabetes now affects one in every seven Rhode Islanders above the age of 60. Diabetes education programs play an important role in how well individuals can manage their diabetes. The approval from the American Diabetes Association recognizes that the program meets the national standards for diabetes self-management education. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. The American Diabetes Association approval process provides national standards by which to measure the quality of service they provide.
Robert Smith, MD, director of the Hallett Center, says, We are very proud of the Hallett Centers role in bringing necessary education to members of our community who are living with diabetes. We know that patient education programs really workthey make it easier for people to live with diabetes and lower the risk of developing serious diabetes complications. Smith adds, The American Diabetes Associations recognition of our program is confirmation of the programs quality and its benefit to Rhode Islanders with diabetes.
The sites in the program include the Hallett Center and The Miriam Hospital, plus four other sites at the East Providence Senior Center, Visiting Nurse Services of Bristol and Newport County, the Oxnard Pharmacy in Warwick, and Healthway Rhode Island in Warwick.
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