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Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

May 9, 2019
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Exeter Hospital Diabetes Education Program 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 Exeter Hospital’s HealthReach Diabetes service. HealthReach is being re-recognized in 2019; verification by the ADA is awarded for four years and this is the 20th year of recognition for the hospital. This recognition shows that ADA believes Exeter Hospital offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
“We are very proud of the partnerships that Exeter Hospital’s HealthReach Diabetes has nurtured with area providers to ensure people with diabetes receive excellent care and achieve their best health,” says Mary Godfrey, MS, PT, Director of HealthReach. “Certified programs ensure a high level of quality and continual improvement in process and outcomes.”
The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. The DSMES Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, 2012, and 2017.
DSMES services apply for Recognition voluntarily. Services that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report there are 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease, and amputation. About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 years or older in 2015.  Diabetes continues to be the seventh leading cause of death in the US in 2015 as it contributed to 252,806 deaths. 
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, people with diabetes and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association continues to support people affected by diabetes nationwide.
For more information on Recognized education services in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call the ADA office at 1.800. DIABETE (342-2383) or contact the ADA online at
About Exeter Hospital:
Exeter Hospital is a community-based hospital that serves residents from 38 towns in New Hampshire’s Seacoast Region. The hospital and its affiliates employ 2,300 area residents and provide millions of dollars annually for community benefits. Exeter Hospital has achieved a Magnet® designation for nursing excellence, which has only been accomplished by approximately seven percent of the hospitals in the nation.  For more information, visit or call (603) 580-6668.