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AADE Accreditation Diabetes Education Program

St. Luke's Diabetes Education Center Receives AADE Accreditation for Diabetes Education Program

Bethlehem, PA (8/11/2010) - St. Luke's Diabetes Education Center recently was named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). This accreditation will allow residents in and around Bethlehem, Allentown, Center Valley and Quakertown increased access to critical diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Certified diabetes educators provide the training.

Education on the Self-Management of Diabetes

St. Luke's Diabetes Education Center offers individual appointments and group classes for education on the self-management of diabetes. The Center offers education for insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring. The services are offered at St. Luke's Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology located in Center Valley, and at St. Luke's hospitals located in Bethlehem, Allentown and Quakertown.

“Diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions both nationally and locally. Our program provides individualized education that helps patients to manage diabetes day-to-day,” noted Justine Fierman FNP-BC, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE, Nurse Practitioner and Diabetes Program Coordinator for the St. Luke's Diabetes Education Center. “Our educators provide patients with the skills they need to manage diabetes more effectively, to prevent complications and to take control of diabetes. Whether a person is newly diagnosed with diabetes or has experienced a change in his or her diabetes, we are here to help.”

Range of Classes to Meet Individual Needs

The St. Luke's Diabetes Education Center offers a variety of services including nutritional counseling, Living Well with Diabetes classes, diabetes and pregnancy classes and one-on-one visits for needs such as insulin and meter instruction. The Center employs four certified insulin pump trainers with more than 30 years combined experience and extensive training with insulin pump technologies and continuous glucose monitoring systems. The Center's insulin pump program is unique offering education on the insulin pump with the option of personalized management by a nurse practitioner with over 12 years experience in insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitors. Services are offered at four convenient locations which make the education accessible for those in need.

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE's accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “St. Luke's Diabetes Education Center is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”

For more information on St. Luke's Diabetes Education Program, please call 610-954-3025. For more information on AADE, visit diabeteseducator.org.