The Diabetes Center at Cookeville Regional Merits ADA Recognition
The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) service was recently awarded to the Diabetes Center at Cookeville Regional. ADA believes that this service offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The Diabetes Center offers an education services focusing on teaching self-management skills to patients with diabetes and their families. A team approach is used in developing an individualized plan for each participant. The Diabetes Center staff are certified diabetes educators, including a registered nurse and a dietitian. Recently, Director of the Diabetes Center Kim Mayberry received her board certification in advanced diabetes management through the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
“It is always our job to continue educating ourselves and stay on top of the most recent approaches, technology and statistics to make sure we are providing patients with the best diabetes education to help manage their disease,” said Mayberry. “We are passionate about educating people with diabetes and their families in the Upper Cumberland. We are here to be a resource for them when they have questions.”
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Services that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.
“The Diabetes Center strives to provide high-quality diabetes education for participants of the program. Receiving recognition status is validation to assure our patients and those who have diabetes in the Upper Cumberland that they are, in fact, receiving that high-quality service at our center,” said Scott Lethi, Chief Nursing Officer.
The Diabetes Center does require a physician referral. Some insurance plans, including Medicare, recognize the benefits of diabetes self-management training and may pay a percentage, excluding co-pays and deductibles. The Diabetes Center will be glad to check one’s insurance coverage. For more information about a referral to the Diabetes Center, please call 931-783-2927 or visit www.crmchealth.org.
The Diabetes Center is located at 406 N. Whitney Avenue, Suite 4, approximately two blocks from the hospital. The Diabetes Center classes will be held at 127 N. Oak Avenue.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, people with diabetes and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association continues to support people affected by diabetes nationwide.