August 13, 2012

MRMC Diabetes Program earns ADA kudos                                                                                         

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Following a rigorous onsite audit by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Maury Regional Medical Center’s (MRMC) outpatient diabetes program has again been awarded the ADA’s Certificate of Recognition for its outstanding performance.

The outpatient class, “Living With Diabetes,” was recognized by the ADA for successfully continuing to meet the ADA’s National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management. The program has a strict diabetes education curriculum that is updated annually to meet the ADA guidelines. The audit was conducted by national representatives from the ADA who are experts in diabetes education. Sites for the ADA audit are randomly chosen from programs throughout the United States and involve evaluation of several randomly selected charts documenting the experience of people who have attended the class.

In making their evaluation, auditors looked at the assessment forms, education records, patient goals and communication with the physician ordering the class. Key items required for the audit also included minutes from the program’s advisory board meetings plus job descriptions and responsibilities as well as resumes from all personnel involved in the education class.

“We are so pleased to have received this recognition from the ADA,” said Diabetes Program Coordinator Donna Shedd. Only 44 facilities have this recognition in Tennessee, with half of those programs located in large metropolitan areas such as Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Maury Regional has had this recognition since 2001. One of the factors that I think helps make our program stand out is that it goes beyond most of those offered elsewhere by offering a strong self-management component.”

Shedd added that the majority of people attending the “Living With Diabetes” class have reported positive outcomes as evidenced by reduced average blood glucose levels, weight loss and an overall better quality of life that now includes a regular exercise regimen.

“A component that helps make our program so strong is that we provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and services during the inpatient stay as well as quality education following discharge,” said Shedd. “We’ve proven this through achieving Certification for Advanced Diabetes Management with the Joint Commission. This certification assures that our patients receive excellent diabetes care and management during their hospitalization.”

Maury Regional Medical Center is only the second hospital in Tennessee and one of just 44 in the entire country to have received this certification and special recognition from The Joint Commission.

The class is taught by Shedd, who is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, registered dieticians Cindy Dugger and Jason Mallory, and exercise physiologist Jackie Hill.