Litzenberg Now Offers a Diabetes

Education Program

Living with diabetes is not easy. It is common to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry especially if you are struggling to manage your diabetes or trying to prevent its onset. Even if you know what to do to improve your health, figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine can be a big challenge without the right skills and support.

Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital is now offering an outpatient program to help you take control of your diabetes and to help you live a healthier and longer life. We will give you the knowledge, skills and support you need to take control of your diabetes. A trained RN and a registered dietician will work with uyou 1 on 1 and develop a teaching program to fit you and your lifestyle.

Talk to your Doctor about enrolling or call

Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital at

308-946-3015 and ask for the

diabetic educator.

Litzenberg Diabetes Education Program

Merits ADA Recognition

The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital Diabetes Education Program in April of 2013. ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The program at the hospital is led by Jacey Schwarz, RN and Tanya Kier, RN.

The Association's Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. "The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide", comments Jacey Schwarz, RN, Diabetes Educator, "and of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service." Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate form ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 26 million people or 8.5% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.0 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 5,205 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications ̶ heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.9 million new cases of diabetes, were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2010 in the US. Diabetes contributed to 231,404 deaths in 2007, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

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.

For more information on the Diabetes Education Program at Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital you can call the hospital at 308-946-3015 or for other American Diabetes Association programs contact the ADA online at www.diabetes.org