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WCA Diabetes Program Receives Prestigious ADA Recognition

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WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educators, Jacqueline Carlson, RN, CDE (left); Kathleen Krieg, RN, BSN, CDE. The WCA Hospital Diabetes Education Program has once again received a three-year certification from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for meeting the national standard for diabetes self-management education.

American Diabetes Association Logo Lakewood, New York (Thursday, June 2, 2011)—The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the WCA Hospital Diabetes Program.  The WCA Diabetes Program was originally recognized in January, 2002.  ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

Programs apply for recognition voluntarily.  Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide with participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.  The ADA concludes that the WCA Hospital Diabetes program provides high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

“Our voluntary compliance demonstrates our continued pledge to build the strongest medical community possible,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Certification by the American Diabetes Association inspires a high level of confidence for our patients, referring physicians and managed care organizations and assures them that only the highest quality of care is being provided at WCA.”

Christine T. Tobin, RN, MBA, CDE, President, Health Care & Education for the American Diabetes Association express her congratulations.  “The American Diabetes Association is pleased to award education recognition to WCA,” said Tobin.  “Adherence to the national standards has undoubtedly improved the education provided to individuals with diabetes.  We are confident that those you serve appreciate your efforts, commitment, and success in providing quality diabetes education.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.  These standards were developed aand tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994 and 2000.  Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for three years.

According to data published from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet (released January 26, 2011), 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.  While an estimated 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 7.0 million people are not aware that they have this disease.  Seventy-nine million people are diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  In 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older. 

In 2007, diabetes was listed as the underlying cause on 71,382 death certificates and was listed as a contributing factor on an additional 160,022 death certificates.  This means that diabetes contributed to a total of 231,404 deaths.

“People with diabetes are at increased risk for serious health complications,” adds Kathleen Krieg, R.N., BSN, Certified Diabetes Educator at WCA.  “These include cardiovascular complications, heart attack or stroke and also eye, kidney, foot and nerve disease.  WCA Hospital has support for people affected by these complications.  Most importantly, many individuals with pre-diabetes and others at risk of developing the disease can actually prevent Type 2 Diabetes.  Those with diabetes can significantly reduce the chances of developing complications and live full, healthy lives.  More great news is that treatments and technology have introduced therapies that help people stay one step ahead of diabetes.”

Jacqueline Carlson, RD, WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator added, “Education is they key and we have it all right here at WCA.  Our outstanding recognition assures our clients that they will receive top-rated, high-quality service at WCA to help them manage their diabetes throughout their lifetime.”

To learn more about the WCA Hospital Diabetes Program, please contact Jacqueline Carlson at (716)                    or visit


About WCA Hospital

The mission of WCA Hospital is to improve the health and well being of the people of Chautauqua County and the surrounding area.  WCA Hospital of Jamestown, chartered in 1885, is Southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit healthcare provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute and rehabilitation services.  WCA Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, The American Association of Blood Banks, the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and American College of Radiology and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.  For more information, visit WCA’s website at, or call (716) 487-0141.

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