Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus' Diabetes Self Management Education program was recently awarded the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate acknowledging Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus' high quality self-management education program – an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
More than 18.8 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes and another seven million are unaware they have the disease, according to the ADA. The Diabetes Self-Management Education program at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus offers education for those living with diabetes on managing the disease so they can maintain healthy, active lives and reduce their risk for complications such as stroke, heart and kidney disease, blindness and amputation.
One of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program is to assure high-quality education for patient self-care. ADA Education Recognition, which is awarded for four years, certifies that Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus' program meets National Standards for quality and continuity and is staffed by knowledgeable health professionals who provide comprehensive information about diabetes management.
"Education Recognition is a voluntary process that gives professionals a national standard by which we can measure the quality of the services we provide," said Irene Spinelli, MSN, RN, WCC, a Certified Diabetes Educator and Manager of Community Education and Wellness at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. "Our Diabetes Self-Management Education program equips our community with the tools they need to manage their disease, prevent complications, and strive for better health."
The DSME program at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is taught by registered nurses and registered dietitians – all Certified Diabetes Educators. Sessions are held regularly at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus' Center for Healthy Living, located at 198 Prospect Street in Lakewood. A doctor's prescription is required for this program. For the program schedule or to register, call 1.888.724.7123.
About Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus:
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is an acute-care community hospital located in Lakewood, Ocean County. A Barnabas Health facility, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch, Monmouth County, in 2014. The hospitals are dedicated to improving the health and well being of the communities they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient services that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership has also expanded patients' access to geriatric and pediatric emergency services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is in the process of converting to all private rooms, which will make it the only provider in the region with all private rooms for overnight stays.