JACKSON, Calif. – The Outpatient Diabetes Education Program at Sutter Amador Hospital received continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association. The program, which was originally recognized in May of 2000, offers high-quality diabetes education services to patients from Amador County and the surrounding areas.
The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs, like the one at Sutter Amador Hospital, have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.
“Through our diabetes education program, patients with diabetes are taught the skills they need to manage their own diabetes,” says Program Medical Director Geraldine O’Shea, D.O. “And, because we are recognized by the American Diabetes Association, patients and their providers can be confident knowing they are being cared for by professionals who have met and comply with National Standards.”
All diabetes education programs approved by the ADA cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and 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 our program,” says Sutter Amador Hospital Ancillary Services Director Kim Vagt. “With the knowledge, expertise, and commitment of our diabetes educators, patients are increasing their knowledge and awareness of diabetes allowing them to assume a major part of the responsibility for their diabetes management.”
Patients from both Amador and Calaveras counties can take advantage of SAH’s ADA-recognized diabetes program by being referred by their health care provider. A monthly diabetes support group, which meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the hospital, is also available and is offered free to all members of the community.
If you are newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been a person with diabetes for many years, call to learn about the newest up-to-date information on how to manage your diabetes. For more information about the Outpatient Diabetes Education Program at Sutter Amador Hospital, call (209) 223-7448.
Sutter Amador Hospital is a part of the Sutter Health network, caring for patients and families throughout a nine-county region and beyond. For more information, visit checksutterfirst.org.
Members of the Diabetes Oversight Advisory Committee consist of a medical director, diabetes educators, patients, community members, and interdisciplinary staff from various hospital departments. The Oversight Advisory Committee is a requirement for the program’s accreditation. The committee meets annually to discuss the accomplishments and goals of the program and give feedback on operations and performance. Pictured: Gretchen Carlson, Geralyn da Silva, Sandra Pietronave, Kim Vagt, Andre Pietries, Geraldine O’Shea, Laurie Webb, Tammy Magana, Maureen Mooney-Michels, Brenda Meyers, Sharon Quigley, Helen Keller, Dennis Sibilia