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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Diabetes Education Program Merits ADA Recognition

September 25, 2009

Aventura, Florida (September 25, 2009) – The Aventura Hospital and Medical Center diabetes self-management education program in Aventura has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association. The program offers high-quality education services to the patients it serves.

The ADA Education Recognition effort, begun in the fall of 1986, is a voluntary process which assures that approved education programs have met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide state-of-the-art information about diabetes management for participants.

Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the National Standards is the greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. The participant in an ADA Recognized program will be taught, as needed, self-care skills that will promote better management of his or her diabetes treatment regimen. All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting, and treating acute complications; problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy, and gestational management.

Assuring high-quality education for patient self-care is one of the primary goals of the Education Recognition program. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the patient can assume a major part of the responsibility of his/her diabetes management. Unnecessary hospital admission and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of the services they provide,” commented Judy Newman, Director of the Diabetes and Wound Care Center at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “It also helps consumers to identify these quality programs.”

For more information about the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, contact Judy Newman, Director of the Diabetes and Wound Care Center at 305-682-7989 or visit our website at

About Aventura Hospital and Medical Center
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Always on the cutting-edge of healthcare technology, Aventura Hospital was the first in Dade County to install the da Vinci S HD Robot and the Elekta Synergy S. The Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is fully accredited as a Cycle II Chest Pain Center, and the Stroke Program was the first in Dade County to earn The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification Program Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality. The 24-hour Emergency Room consistently maintains an average wait time of less than 10 minutes, and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab’s average STEMI time of less than 60 minutes fulfills the standards set forth by Miami-Dade County EMS. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence.