Crossett, AR — Ashley County Medical Center’s Diabetes Self-Management
Education and Support Program was recently named an accredited diabetes
education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE),
a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This will allow the people with
Diabetes in and around Southeast Arkansas increased 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.
The program is comprehensive and taught by diabetes educators who have
ACMC’s Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program, located
at Ashley County Medical Center, will be offering diabetes education classes
at the ACMC Outreach Center, 124 Ray Lochala Road in Crossett.
“I am excited about the opportunity for ACMC to bring this program
to the residents of Ashley County and the surrounding area,” says
Shawna Hawkins, BSN, RN, Program Coordinator. “Diabetes education
is something that I have been passionate about for years and this is just
another way to offer more education and support to our community,”
“AADE’s accreditation assures that an accredited program meets
the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.
Programs who meet this criteria are considered high quality and have been
shown to improve the health status of the individuals who embrace the
education and help to modify sometimes unhealthy behaviors, or simply
provide the education that the person with diabetes has not previously
received” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Accreditation Director
for the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “ACMC’s
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program is exactly the
type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009.”
You must be referred to the program by your Primary Care Provider. For
further information contact Shawna Hawkins at 870-364-0563.