The Diabetes Self-Management Education program at Waldo County General Hospital recently achieved a four-year renewal of recognition under the American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Program.

The ADA Education Recognition Program promotes standards of educational quality and consistency in the self-management programs offered to people with diabetes. Such education is critical for people with diabetes to manage their disease and helps improve their quality of life. Each program is measured according to the national standards set forth by the ADA for Diabetes Self-Management Education.

The Waldo County General Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Education program provides patients with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for diabetes self-care, taking into consideration the needs, goals and life experiences of the person with diabetes. The overall objectives are to support informed decision-making, self-care behaviors, problem-solving and active collaboration with the health-care team, which will help improve the health status of the person with diabetes.

Members of the Diabetes Self-Management Education program at WCGH include Sue Maxwell, RN, CDE, the certified diabetes educator; Phyllis Havens, MS, RD, LCSW, the outpatient registereddietitian and Jennifer Nelson, RD, CDE, registered dietician. Dr. Linda Tyer is the medical director for diabetes services.

The program is housed at 163 Northport Ave., Belfast. Appointments can be made by calling 338-9358 with a doctor’s referral.