January 8, 2010 -
Olympic Medical Center has received recognition from the American Diabetes Association for its outstanding diabetes self-management program.
The American Diabetes Association awards “Education Recognition” to organizations that have knowledgeable health care professionals who provide patients with information on how to manage diabetes. Olympic Medical Center has maintained this recognition by the American Diabetes Association since the late nineties. This recent certification is active for the next four years.
“It is an honor to receive this award,” says Graciela Harris, director of Nutrition Services at Olympic Medical. “Our diabetes educators and registered dietitians work hard to continue their education so we can offer high quality service and education to our patients.”
Approximately 7 percent of the Clallam County population suffers from diabetes, according to Christin Maks, RD, certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian at Olympic Medical, and the risk is growing among our community’s youth.
“Ask your doctor if you’re at risk,” says Candi Schaefermeyer, RN, certified diabetes educator at Olympic Medical Center. “If you are, some lifestyle changes can help you stay healthy. If you do have diabetes, our program can help you stay in control. Diabetes can be a tough condition to manage. We can work with you and your provider to keep you on track.”
For more information about the diabetes education program, please call Olympic Medical Center’s nutrition services department at (360) 417-7125 or log on to www.olympicmedical.org and click on “Services” and “Nutrition / Diabetes”.
About the American Diabetes Association
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.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.