Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital recently achieved a three-year certificate of recognition for its diabetes self-management education program from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
“While diabetes is a serious, chronic disease,” said Ann Turner, nurse educator, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, “a lot can be done today to self-manage this condition. Recognition from the ADA underscores our commitment to helping those with diabetes learn how to more effectively control their disease, and live healthier, longer lives. It reassures our diabetes patients that they will receive the highest-quality care here at Borgess-Lee.”
The ADA recognition certificate ensures that local diabetes self-management education programs meet national standards, which have been developed and tested by the National Diabetes and Advisory Board. Programs apply for this recognition voluntarily.
According to the ADA, there are currently about 20.8 million people, or 7 percent of the population, in the United States who have diabetes. Each day, about 4,110 individuals are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn they have the condition when they are treated for one of its serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation.
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit 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 about the diabetes self-management education program available at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, call (269) 783.3075.
About Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital
For generations, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital has remained a vital part of the community fabric in Dowagiac and surrounding areas. As a designated critical access hospital, Borgess-Lee continues this legacy, delivering hometown healing with heart to residents in Dowagiac and throughout Cass County. The hospital offers quality care including leading-edge diagnostic and imaging services, responsive 24/7 emergency care, and outstanding cardiac diagnosis and care.