Exciting Achievement for GAHHS Diabetes Support Services!
Eileen Woolums, BSN, RN, CDCES
Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist
217-784-2459 Diabetes Support Services Info
GAHHS Diabetes Support Services is Accredited by ADCES to Provide Quality Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support
Gibson City, IL — Gibson Area Hospitals Diabetes Support Services program has achieved the significant milestone of accreditation by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Accreditation represents a high level of quality and service to the community, and the ability to better meet the needs of Medicare recipients and others affected by diabetes in central Illinois.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide support for people with diabetes in our community,” said Eileen Woolums, program quality coordinator at GAHHS. “Whether newly diagnosed or they’ve had it for years, we can help them manage their diabetes in ways that fit their lifestyle.”
Diabetes education services utilize a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes work with a diabetes educator to receive individualized care to help them reach their health goals. Diabetes education is a covered Medicare benefit when delivered through an accredited program.
“Evidence shows diabetes education and support is helping people with diabetes to lower their A1c’s and obtain the knowledge and skills to better self-manage their condition,” said Sacha Uelmen, Director of Accreditation at ADCES. “That is why we need programs like GAHHS Diabetes Support Services to make these services available in their community.”
ADCES is a National Accredited Organization (NAO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accredited programs must meet the 2022 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support; 6 standards that are revised every 5 years by a group of diabetes educators representing both ADCES and the American Diabetes Association and approved by CMS. Programs must maintain compliance with the Standards during the 4-year accreditation cycle.
ADCES, formerly known as the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management, and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, ADCES has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by, or are at risk for diabetes. Learn more at www.diabeteseducator.org, or visit us on Facebook (Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists), Twitter (@ADCESdiabetes), and Instagram (@ADCESdiabetes).