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LJCMC Diabetes Education and Wellness Program Receives ADA Recognition

Paige Robichaux (left to right), June Davis and Bethany Donaldson were available to give helpful tips on living with diabetes at a community health fair. (click photo to enlarge)

Houma – The Diabetes Education and Wellness Program at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center (LJCMC) in Houma, La., has received renewal Education Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The ADA Education Recognition Program is the leading quality assurance mechanism for diabetes self-management programs across the country and identifies programs for their performance and quality. With the guidance of a program with this recognition, a patient can assume a major part of diabetes management, preventing minor issues from becoming major and possibly avoiding hospitalization.

“This recognition acknowledges that the program at Chabert continues to be of the highest quality,” said Rhonda Green, LJCMC Hospital Administrator. “It provides patients with the information and training they need to live healthy lives.”

Having held ADA recognition since 2000, the LJCMC Diabetes Education and Wellness Program has provided a decade of quality diabetes self-management education to the community.

“The program is unique because we offer excellent patient education and work with our endocrinologist, Dr. Monisha Chadha, at each patient’s initial visit,” said Paige Robichaux, RN, CDE, Diabetes Education Coordinator. “Dr. Chadha reviews each patient’s plan of care and makes adjustments to the current treatment plan or offers recommendations to the primary provider.”

With a staff that also includes Bethany Donaldson, RD, CDE, and June Davis, RN, the program serves 3,000 patients with diabetes and accepts referrals from outside providers.

The ADA Education Recognition process is voluntary and gives professionals a standard by which to measure the services they provide. Rigorous recognition criteria assure that approved programs meet national standards for diabetes self-management education developed by the National Diabetes Advisory Board and endorsed by stakeholders in the diabetes community.

ADA recognition also helps consumers to identify superior programs when they are making healthcare decisions.

In an ADA recognized program, patients learn self-care skills that promote better management of the diabetes treatment regimen. Patients gain an understanding of the disease process and the need for appropriate nutrition, physical activity, medications, monitoring, detection of symptoms, risk reduction, counseling, treatment of chronic and acute complications, goal setting and problem solving, and preconception, pregnancy, and gestational management.

According to the ADA, 20.8 million people in the United States have diabetes with about 4,110 additional people diagnosed daily with diabetes. Its life-threatening complications include heart, kidney and nerve diseases, stroke, blindness and amputation. The ADA is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public.

For more information, visit www.diabetes.org.