Winona Health Diabetes Self-Management Program accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators

Winona Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Program was named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This ensures area residents have access to high-quality diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. At Winona Health, diabetes education is provided on an individual basis and through group programs by certified diabetes educators Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE; and Sue Haug, RD, CDE.

“Jill and Sue do an outstanding job of providing comprehensive information to help individuals prevent or manage their diabetes,” noted Raydene Konkel, nurse manager for Winona Health’s Internal Medicine Department. She added, “Achieving this accreditation required us to meet extensive criteria related to clinical expertise and rigorous standards for program policies and procedures. This effort ultimately benefits our customers.”

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, program director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Winona Health’s program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”

Winona Health’s Diabetes Education Program also has been recognized as a quality diabetes self-management education program by the American Diabetes Association since 2002.

The next Diabetes Self Management program will begin Tuesday, October 4 and run four consecutive Tuesdays through October 25. The program is $50. To register or to learn more, call 507.454.3680.

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