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WCA Educator Receives Re-Certification By American Diabetes Association

Jacqueline A. Carlson

Jacqueline A. Carlson, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at WCA Hospital has been re-certified as a Diabetes Educator by The National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators.

Jamestown, New York (Monday, December 14, 2009)—The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Jacqueline A. Carlson, Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator at WCA Hospital, has been re-certified as a Diabetes Educator (CDE).

Achieving the CDE credential requires candidates to meet rigorous eligibility requirements. Achieving the CDE credential demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes.

“Jackie’s accomplishment is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our health care professionals at WCA who ensure that they meet or exceed national quality standards for patient care,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.

There are approximately 16,600 diabetes educators who hold the NCBDE certification. Mrs. Carlson started serving individuals diagnosed with diabetes manage their disease over 25 years ago as a Registered Dietitian. Jackie received original certification in diabetes education in 1994 and has been re-certified every 5 years by meeting the requirements set by the NCBDE. She is one of the primary educators for the WCA Hospital's Diabetes Self- Management Program.

“We believe diabetes education can help increase the quality of life for our clients,” said Carlson. “WCA Hospital’s program, certified by the American Diabetes Association, helps people develop a healthy lifestyle through exercise, weight management and medication therapy.”

The WCA Hospital Diabetes program, the region’s leaders in diabetes education and medical nutrition therapy, recently moved their services to the Lakewood Health Center (LHC) at 110 Mall Blvd in Lakewood, New York, effective November 16, 2009. The program provides education services and resources for clients referred by a primary care provider. Services provided include, group education classes for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or individual appointments for those who have had the disease but may need assistance with managing it to prevent complications. Individuals who have diabetes and an A1C result of greater than 7 (this is a special blood test to determine if the diabetes is controlled) should talk with their physician about meeting with an educator to learn how to achieve better control.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health care professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. Through the development, maintenance, and protection of the certification process and the CDE credential, NCBDE recognizes and advances the specialty practice of diabetes education. NCBDE supports the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all diabetes educators who meet credential and experience eligibility requirements.

In addition to Carlson’s certified diabetes education status, she is a certified product trainer for insulin pumps which provides people who use insulin for managing their diabetes an alternative to shots.

To schedule an appointment with Jacqueline Carlson, call (716) 763-7378 or visit their webpage at www.wcahospital.org/diabeteseducation. A physician referral is required.

 
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