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Grand Itasca Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

2/5/2016

Grand Rapids, MN – Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently awarded the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for its diabetes self-management education program.

 

Grand Rapids, MN - Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital was recently awarded the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for its diabetes self-management education program.

The ADA Education Recognition effort is a voluntary process, which assures that approved education programs 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. At Grand Itasca, that staff is made up of Carla Johnson, GNP, Diabetes Provider; Kristin Klinefelter, Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist; and Suzette Childs, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator.

"We understand that high-quality education is an essential component to effective diabetes treatment and are honored that the ADA has recognized our program," said Klinefelter.

All approved education programs 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. These services are provided at Grand Itasca in several formats including:

  • Individual Medical Nutrition Therapy Appointments with Klinefelter
  • Group Diabetes Self-Management Education Classes with Klinefelter and Childs
  • Diabetes Management Clinic Appointment with Johnson
  • Individual Diabetes Self-Management Education Appointments with Childs

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the ADA Education Recognition program.  Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, patients 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 us a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services we provide," said Klinefelter.  "And, of course, it helps patients to identify and trust Grand Itasca’s program as a high-quality program."

If you have any questions about the diabetes services at Grand Itasca or would like to be referred for an appointment with a member of the Grand Itasca Diabetes Management team, please speak with your primary care provider.

Kristin Klinefelter, MS, RDN, LD
Carla Johnson, GNP
Suzette Childs, RN, CDE