The Riverwood Healthcare Center diabetes self-management education program has been awarded continued recognition status from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA education recognition assures that approved education services have met the national standards for diabetes self-management education services. Riverwood’s program was originally recognized in 2005.

Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide high-quality care and information about diabetes management for participants. Riverwood’s diabetes education team consists of Maureen Mau, RN, certified diabetes educator; Megan Perpich, registered dietitian; and Renee Fliss, education assistant.

Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. Through the support of the health care team and increased knowledge and awareness of diabetes, the person with diabetes can assume a major part of the responsibility for his or her diabetes management.

“This designation recognizes the excellence of care provided to patients with diabetes who receive care from our diabetes education team at Riverwood,” said Dan Schletty, director of ambulatory services. “With a medical provider’s referral, those with diabetes are offered individual or group education sessions to successfully manage this chronic disease.”

For more information on Riverwood’s diabetes education program or services, call 218-927-8182. See tips on living with diabetes at www.diabetes.org.

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