Release Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
Charleston, W.Va. – The University of Charleston’s Diabetes Management Program at Roane General Hospital was officially accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) on January 12. The AADE awards this distinction to programs that meet national standards for diabetes self-management education, as a way to certify that hospitals and others offer comprehensive, effective education for their patients with diabetes.
Barbara Smith, R.Ph., CDE, is an instructor in the UC pharmacy program and manages the program at Roane General. The hospital provides office space, and Smith and her students staff the program, taking referrals from healthcare providers in Spencer and the surrounding communities. The core of the program is three three-hour group classes on topics like meal planning and physical activity. According to Smith, patients are already seeing that exercising and dietary changes are making a difference in their lives. UC student-pharmacists are responsible for taking medical histories and monitoring blood pressure, weight and blood sugar, in addition to helping with the educational sessions.
Dr. Michelle Easton, Dean of the UC School of Pharmacy, said “We are delighted that the Diabetes Management Program at Roane General has received AADE accreditation. Barbara Smith has been tireless in her efforts to achieve this goal and the administration at Roane General Hospital has been incredibly supportive. Having an accredited diabetes program at Roane General is exciting and will provide the citizens of Roane County access to high quality information and services to combat this all-too-prevalent disease.”