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2007 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Joslin Centers for Diabetes Education Program Recertified by American Diabetes Association

CLEARWATER, Fla., (April 12, 2007) - The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Morton Plant Mease Joslin Centers for Diabetes has been awarded the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate. The Morton Plant Mease Joslin Centers for Diabetes are located on the campuses of Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. The Recognition Certificate is for a period of three years. It certifies that the Morton Plant Mease Joslin Centers for Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is high-quality and meets national standards set forth by the ADA for assessing, educating and monitoring diabetes patients.

“We give diabetes patients education and knowledge to help them help themselves lead healthier lives. Patients are taught how to assess their behavior and learn how to make lifestyle changes such as starting an exercise program or watching their diet,” said David R. Leonard, M.D., F.A.C.E., P.A., endocrinologist and medical director of the Joslin Center for Diabetes at Morton Plant Hospital.

“They’re also taught how to track their A1C or blood sugar levels. When surveyed, 97% of patients who go through our Self-Management Education Program monitor their blood sugar. That’s a significant statistic and a credit to our quality diabetes education services,” added M. Hamed Farooqi, M.D., F.A.C.E., endocrinologist and medical director of the Joslin Center for Diabetes at Mease Countryside Hospital.

The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program also includes comprehensive diabetes classes. These are group classes taught by certified diabetes educators. Patients learn about diabetes in a format that’s easy to understand, and encourages questions and interaction with other diabetes patients. The classes give patients the skills to more effectively manage the disease on their own.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are more than 20 million people in the United States who have diabetes. Many first learn they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve disease and amputation. Since 1987 the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45%.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 419-4471 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager