ROCKFORD, Illinois – SwedishAmerican is pleased to announce that its diabetes self-management education services have been recognized by the American Diabetes Association.

The ADA Education Recognition effort began in 1986 and is a voluntary process which assures that approved education services have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Services. Services that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment.  One consequence of compliance with the national standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. The participant in an ADA recognized service will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education services develop individualize participant education plans that include any of 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 participants’ self-care is one of the primary goals of the ADA Education Recognition Program (ERP). Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the person with diabetes can assume a major part of the responsibility for his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

“The process gives professionals national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” said Linda Dries, manager of the SwedishAmerican Diabetes Self-Management Center.  “And, of course, it helps consumers to identify these quality DSMES services.” 

More information:

For more information, contact the SwedishAmerican Diabetes Self-Management Center 779-696-4190.

About SwedishAmerican:

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of nearly 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics, and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Please visit swedishamerican.org for more information.