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Accreditation for Diabetes Program

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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Linda Walker/CEO of VVRMC, is pleased to announce Val Verde Medical Center’s diabetes self-management education (DSMES) program has been accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) “I am very proud to say that VVRMC has joined the roster of programs recognized by the AADE. We are proud to be a part of preventing and curing diabetes in order to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes in our area,” said Walker. “Accreditation was awarded this month when our program met the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education set forth by the AADE. Val Verde Regional Medical Center is the only health facility in the area with this caliber of accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education.”

Val Verde Regional Medical Center has seen thousands of patients with diabetes over the past three years. The number of people with diabetes is growing and the financial, physical and emotional costs of caring for patients who do not manage their chronic disease is very high. DSME has been repeatedly proven to lower total healthcare costs of both Medicare and commercially insured people with diabetes. Managing a chronic disease like diabetes not only lowers the financial cost of healthcare but also lowers the emotional and physical cost associated with the effects on the body of uncontrolled diabetes. VVRMC underwent a rigorous final review on 5/01/2019. During the review, AADE surveyors with expertise in diabetes evaluated compliance with DSMES National Standards related to a variety of areas including: clinical outcomes, behavioral outcomes, and patient education and training.

Val Verde Regional Medical Center has been part of the history of Val Verde County for nearly six decades. VVRMC celebrates 60 years of service in 2019 and through its many renovations, expansions in service, and continued advancements in knowledge and technology; VVRMC’s commitment to serve the community has remained unchanged.

“As an intervention for patients in the community, Healthy For Life/Everyone with Diabetes Counts workshops, Medical Nutrition Therapy and DSMES are significantly providing a better quality of life as patients learn the information and receive the tools and support they need to manage their disease,” said Minerva Acosta, Director for DSME Program and Nutrition and Food Services.

The intensive nutrition portion of diabetes self-management is taught by qualified educator Amanda McGillicuddy, who is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. The role of the Diabetes Educator entails assessing each program participant for their learning needs, structuring an individualized teaching plan with specific goals, bringing the participant through the education process and evaluating the outcomes of the learning experience.

Angie Prather, Marketing and Public Relations Director at VVRMC, said, “Working with our diabetes and nutrition programs has allowed us to promote and coordinate self-management courses, which are desperately needed in our community. It gives us a great sense of pride to know that VVRMC is providing a service to our friends and neighbors that is valuable and actually changes lives for the better.”

It is an incredibly successful achievement in a short period of time for VVRMC made possible by embracing and owning DSMES as a team. Dr. Aurelio Laing III, physician and VVRMC Board Member added, “This is a very important program needed in our community. We don’t need to send our patients to San Antonio for these services anymore. We want to help our patients realize that life does not end with the diagnosis of diabetes; that it is a condition that can be controlled.”

VVRMC is really living up to its mission “to deliver health care our community can trust.”

For more information and to schedule an appointment for Medical Nutrition Therapy /Diabetic Management Services, please call Brenda Iglesias, Nutrition Coordinator at 830-778-3652.