FOR RELEASE: 2/8/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Bridgeport Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program renews American Diabetes Association recognition

Bridgeport Hospital has earned four-year renewal (through Jan. 13, 2015) of its prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for quality diabetes self-management education programs. The hospital was the first hospital in Fairfield County to earn this ADA recognition in 1999.

“American Diabetes Association recognition assures patients that they are receiving the most up-to-date information about diabetes management from expert staff,” says registered nurse Donna Hansen, certified diabetes educator with Bridgeport Hospital’s Diabetes Education Center. “We are dedicated to providing people who have diabetes the knowledge and skills they need to manage their disease and lead healthy, fulfilling lives.”

The ADA recognition includes Bridgeport Hospital’s adult and gestational diabetes self-management education programs.

To become certified, Bridgeport Hospital voluntarily submitted to a rigorous review process conducted by experts in the field of diabetes. The hospital was evaluated for its ability to provide patients with a comprehensive, individualized outpatient education program as part of their diabetes treatment. In addition, the hospital’s diabetes educators, including nurses and dietitians, must maintain their credentials.

Diabetes self-management empowers individuals to manage diabetes through education about nutrition, oral medication and insulin therapy, physical activity, stress management and preventive foot and eye care, and preventing complications of diabetes. National standards for self-management education are regularly evaluated by key organizations and federal agencies within the diabetes education community.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.