The Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) has received the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for meeting national standards for diabetes self-management education. The prestigious award acknowledges the high-quality diabetes education program that CHoR provides as an essential component of diabetes treatment.
“Our team provides comprehensive diabetes education and support from the moment of diagnosis,” said Ellen Dionne, RD, certified diabetes educator at CHoR’s Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. “We cover everything from teaching children and families about counting carbs and testing blood sugars, to utilizing helpful technology like continuous glucose monitoring systems and insulin pumps.”
Achievement of Recognition status means that a program has a team of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide patients with comprehensive information about diabetes management. The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide and it assures patients that they will receive high-quality service. Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years. CHoR received its initial recognition certificate in 2008.
The diabetes team at CHoR includes members from endocrinology, nursing, nutrition and psychology. The team works together to meet the medical, nutritional, social and psychological needs of children with diabetes.
”Diabetes education is an integral part of the care we provide to more than 800 children with diabetes, and their families,” said Suzanne Bona, RN, certified diabetes educator at CHoR’s Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. “Our diabetes education programs also extend into the community through our diabetes summer camp, Camp WannaCure. The camp empowers young patients to learn more about their diagnosis and to interact with other children who are living with diabetes. We also hold special in-services and conferences in collaboration with school nurses from across the region to improve the care of their diabetic students.”
In addition to education and support programs for children with type 1 diabetes, CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center provides preventative education for children and adolescents who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.