The American Diabetes Association presented its "Cure, Care, Commitment" Award to Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital for its outstanding efforts in serving the diabetes community of Tennessee.
"Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital is doing some wonderful things in the treatment of diabetes in both the inpatient and outpatient settings from meeting rigorous standards in controlling patients’ blood sugar levels to education and counseling," said Glenda Berry, Tennessee executive director of the American Diabetes Association. "Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital is the first health care organization in Tennessee to be honored with this newly-created award."
"We're extremely honored to receive this award from the American Diabetes Association and it's a testament to the outstanding work of our nurses, physicians and staff within the hospital and at our Diabetes Center," said Mary Gaines, director of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital's Diabetes Center. "This is a serious disease. Our goal is to help patients learn about and manage their diabetes so further medical problems can be prevented or delayed." There are currently 21 million Americans living with diabetes and one million new cases of diabetes are being diagnosed each year. In Tennessee, over 491,000 people have the disease and the state has the third highest number of diabetes related deaths in the country.
Certificate of Recognition for Diabetes Self-Management Education - 2006-2009
First in Tennessee and fourth in the nation to earn a Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care from The Joint Commission
The award comes in conjunction with Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital's recent Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care from The Joint Commission, the national organization that accredits health care institutions across the United States. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital is the first hospital in Tennessee to earn the distinction. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital proactively works to monitor glycemic control during a patient's hospital stay, especially for those patients in the critical care area, because it can reduce morbidity and overall mortality. In addition, the hospital is working to screen patients as they are admitted to the hospital in order to identify those that have not been diagnosed. Approximately one-third of people with diabetes are unaware of diagnosis.
The Diabetes Center offers diabetes education to both inpatients and outpatients that meet the American Diabetes Association and Healthways, Inc. national diabetes standards for excellence. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital is a member of Saint Thomas Health, a faith-based ministry with more than 8,000 associates serving Middle Tennessee. Saint Thomas Health's regional health system consists of four hospitals - Saint Thomas West Hospital and Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, and Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville - and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures in diagnostics, cardiac services and ambulatory surgery as well as medical practices, the Saint Thomas Center for Spinal Surgery, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States.
THE SOCIETY OF HOSPITAL MEDICINE RECOGNIZES SAINT THOMAS MIDTOWN HOSPITAL FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF GLYCEMIC CONTROL PROGRAM
February 28, 2012
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is proud to announce that Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital has completed participation in the Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation (GCMI) program for 2010/2011. Matt Moody and the glycemic control team worked with mentors throughout a yearlong process to tackle specific issues regarding glycemic control. This important quality of care initiative addressed a range of issues including: subcutaneous insulin protocols, transition from subcutaneous to infusion, infusion insulin, care coordination, improving follow up care, and having a good hypoglycemia management and prevention protocol. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital has focused on improving glycemic control while demonstrating hard work, active participation and dedication to this program.
Some of the benefits of participating in this program are the online data collection and reporting, the GCMI community website and collaborative listservs. Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital will have continued access to the Glycemic Control Data Center and will be able to track their performance through June 2013. Our glycemic control mentor experts are invested in Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital’s success and are dedicated to providing continued support if needed.
SHM and the GCMI mentors are honored to have worked with Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. We are confident that the institution will continue to improve glycemic control efforts over the coming months and years. There are always new quality and patient safety initiatives at SHM and we hope to work with Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital again in the future.
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