Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay Medical Center Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

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The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate, recognizing a quality diabetes self-management education program, was awarded to the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay Medical Center recently.

The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate, recognizing a quality diabetes self-management education program, was awarded to the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay Medical Center recently. The ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs.

Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) became an affiliate of the world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization the Joslin Diabetes Center in spring 2014 and now provides some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. A multi-disciplinary team of specialists, including Medical Director Dr. Reema Patel who is board certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and Internal Medicine, a registered dietitian, nurse educator and other medical and support professionals provide services.

Offices are currently located in Suite 206, Medical Arts Building, 3 Hospital Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ, and 2045 Highway 35 South, Suite 200, South Amboy, NJ. In spring 2015, the Center will open a new location on the 4th floor in RBMC’s new medical arts building, 2 Hospital Plaza, that includes a demonstration kitchen and comprehensive services including both one to one and group education sessions focusing on diabetes and nutrition. To make an appointment, call 732-360-4070.

Programs apply for ADA recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. The process gives professionals a nationally identifiable standard to measure the quality of services they provide. “Our team members are very dedicated and passionate about providing the best possible services to the community. It is because of this that our program has been able to receive such an important recognition,” says Dr. Patel. “And, of course, it assures the patients that they will receive high-quality care.” Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years. The national education standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

According to the ADA, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the U.S. who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The ADA 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. For more information, visit http://www.diabetes.org/erp.

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About Raritan Bay Medical Center
With hospitals in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is a New Jersey state-designated primary stroke center, a recipient of the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award recognizing the optimal care of heart failure patients. RBMC is one of a few hospitals in the world to achieve Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence three times and is ranked in the top 10 percent of New Jersey hospitals in surgical care according to the 2012 NJ Hospital Performance Report. RBMC is also an affiliate of the Joslin Diabetes Center, providing some of the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as patient education and support services. Among its flagship programs are the Human Motion Institute, a comprehensive musculoskeletal program, and Institute for Weight Loss, specializing in bariatric surgery. For more information, visit rbmc.org. For a free physician referral, call 1-800-DOCTORS.

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