The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recognized Norman Regional Health System’s Diabetes Center for its commitment to excellence in providing quality diabetes education to the public.
The association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures the Diabetes Center’s educational programs meet national standards and staff is properly credentialed, said Pam Boeck, RN, CDE, program coordinator for the Diabetes Center.
“We aim towards all our staff being certified in diabetes education. We strive to give the best to our patients and I think being awarded this certification from the ADA shows our commitment,” Boeck said.
The Diabetes Center nurses and dieticians work as a team with the patient and the patient’s physicians. Dr. Tan Pham is a board-certified endocrinologist who often refers patients to the center.
“The Diabetes Center offers comprehensive instruction on how to achieve nationally recognized goals which a short visit to the doctor’s office may not be able to achieve,” Pham said. “The ADA recognition of the Norman Regional Diabetes Center is a merit to the center’s excellence and experience in management of diabetes care. I’ve had much success in utilizing their services with my patients.”
The Diabetes Centers’ patients have shown remarkable improvement and in 2008 data showed 80 percent of individuals completing comprehensive education had a reduction in A1C value. An A1C is a test that gives a picture of a patient’s average blood glucose control for the past two to three months. The average decrease in A1C was 1.1 points.
Vital to patients, most insurers will cover the cost of education. Medicare pays for 10 hours of diabetes education the first year of diagnosis and for two hours of education the second year.
“Diabetes is a chronic disease which needs to be managed chronically,” Pham said. “The most important method of controlling diabetes to prevent the long term complications is lifestyle management. Medications are only used as an adjunct to a healthy diet and an active life.”
The Diabetes Center is located at 3400 W. Tecumseh Road. Please call (405) 307-5731 for more information.