Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston Hotel Dieu Hospital, 166 Brock Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5G2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2007 Diabetes program at Hotel Dieu Hospital exceeds highest standards of education Program earns prestigious national recognition (Kingston, ON) Already acknowledged regionally for its high quality of care, the Diabetes Education Centre (DEC) at Hotel Dieu Hospital has now scored national recognition for excellence in teaching patients, families and communities how to manage and prevent a disease rapidly reaching epidemic proportions. The DEC has been granted the prestigious “Recognition” status by the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) for delivering “superior diabetes education services for people in the community it serves.” To achieve this status, the DEC successfully demonstrated that it exceeds the stringent standards of education set by the CDA. Only seven diabetes education programs across Canada have earned “Recognition” status, which is granted for a five-year period. “This is a great accomplishment and very good news for your patients,” says Aileen Knip, director of quality for the CDA National Diabetes Education Section. “It means the community can be certain that the very best information about diabetes is reaching them through the Diabetes Education Centre at Hotel Dieu.” The DEC’s achievement comes as a new study on diabetes in Ontario reveals that the number of diabetes cases in the South East region is growing faster than the population. According to the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Studies, between 1996 and 2006 the population aged 20 and over grew by about 8 percent, while the number of individuals diagnosed with diabetes jumped by 72 percent. In commending the hospital program, the CDA singled out the DEC’s focus on the prevention of diabetes, particularly in children. It also praised the DEC for its breadth of multi-disciplinary programming and for its success in boosting community awareness by tapping into print, electronic and media resources. Among other things, the program also earned kudos for its patient-centered, flexible care plans, its ability to accommodate clients quickly and to provide telephone advice promptly, its excellent use of assessment to ensure best outcomes for clients and community, and its dedication to quality improvement. Given the rapid rise in diabetes rates in this region, the need for the most current diabetes information and the most expert educators has never been greater, says Marg Atkinson, acting associate executive director and chief nursing executive at Hotel Dieu. “This is a well-deserved honour for the DEC adult and pediatric patient care teams, whose superior work in teaching individuals and their families how to manage or prevent diabetes is now acknowledged nationally,” says Atkinson. “That work benefits patients at both Hotel Dieu and at Kingston General Hospital, where the teams provide education to inpatients, and it stretches well into the Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington and Leeds & Grenville regions. We’re very fortunate to have such a highly-respected program leading the way in educating us about a disease that, increasingly, is touching so many of our lives.” -30- Hotel Dieu Hospital is the ambulatory care teaching hospital for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario, providing expert care to more than 500,000 people in the region. Our specialized services include outpatient pediatrics, ophthalmology, diabetes education, breast assessment, day surgery, urgent care and mental health programs. Affiliated with Queen's University, we are partners within Kingston's university hospitals, delivering quality health care, leading innovative research and training the health care professionals of tomorrow. Leading Care. Changing Lives. Media contact: Anne Rutherford, HDH Public Relations, 613-544-3400, ext. 3380 Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston Hotel Dieu Hospital, 166 Brock Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5G2 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BACKGROUND The Diabetes Education Centre is made up of adult and pediatric programs. It accepts referrals from health care professionals or the person living with diabetes. As well as the services listed below, it provides a free library with computers, internet access, videos, and information on self-care, community services and other diabetes related topics. ADULT PROGRAM: • We offer diabetes education, follow-up and telephone consultation to those who are newly and previously diagnosed with diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. • The adult team is composed of dietitians, nurse educators, a pharmacist and a social worker. • The program offers both group programs and individual counselling on a variety of subjects including diet assessment, care planning, insulin adjustment, blood glucose monitoring and more. • Outreach education services extend to Sharbot Lake, Sydenham and Verona. PEDIATRIC PROGRAM: • We help children with diabetes and their families learn how to cope with and manage their diabetes. • Our healthcare team is composed of a pediatric endocrinologist, pediatricians, nurse educators, a registered dietitian, a social worker, and a child life specialist. • The program accepts referrals of children newly and previously diagnosed with diabetes. Sources of referral include emergency rooms, outpatient clinics, community physicians and pediatricians, Canadian Diabetes Association, other centres and families. • Other services include 24 hour telephone consultation/advice concerning diabetes management, insulin pump therapy, intensive management, Hemoglobin A1C by "finger poke" – immediate results. COMMUNITY OUTREACH A DEC Nurse Educator will provide education about diabetes for students and staff of area schools and daycare facilities upon request.