Program earns prestigious national recognition by csgirla


									               Religious Hospitallers
               of Saint Joseph
               of the Hotel Dieu of Kingston
         Hotel Dieu Hospital, 166 Brock Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5G2

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.”
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

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.


•   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.


•   We help children with diabetes and their families learn how to cope with and manage their

•   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


A DEC Nurse Educator will provide education about diabetes for students and staff of area schools and daycare
facilities upon request.

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