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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has earned Re-Accreditation by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) to provide Quality Diabetes Self- Management Education and Support

Far Rockaway, New York, March 7, 2023 — St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has earned re-accreditation by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). Accreditation represents a high level of quality and service to the community, and the ability to better meet the needs of Medicare recipients and others affected by diabetes in our communities. Diabetes education services utilize a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes work with a diabetes educator to receive individualized care to help them reach their health goals. Diabetes education is a covered Medicare benefit when delivered through an accredited program.

“Diabetes is a significant health concern in our community, and we recognize the importance of providing education and support to individuals living with this chronic condition, says Preet Kukreja, Director of Population Health Initiative. “Our Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program (DSMES) is designed to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to manage their diabetes effectively and improve their overall health outcomes. Through our tailored approach, we strive to promote healthy living and improve the quality of life for those impacted by this chronic condition. We urge everyone living with diabetes to take advantage of this valuable resource and join our program today.”

The Diabetes Self-Management Education program is accredited through the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists, an interprofessional membership organization dedicated to improving prediabetes, diabetes and cardiometabolic care through innovative education, management and support. This demonstrates that our program meets the national standard for diabetes education and support and patients receive high quality and evidence based care that is consistent with best practices.

The program offers 6 week Stanford model based workshops on healthy eating, physical activity, monitoring your condition, taking medication, and reducing risks modules to both patients and communities. Currently, it is offered on a quarterly basis. Our dedicated team consists of Registered Dietitian, Clinical Pharmacist, and Registered Nurse. To enroll into the program, please call the population health department at 718 869 7100.

“Evidence shows diabetes education and support is helping people with diabetes to lower their A1c’s and obtain the knowledge and skills to better self-manage their condition,” said Sacha Uelmen, Director of Accreditation at ADCES. “That is why we need programs like Diabetes Self -Management Education to make these services available in their community.”

About Episcopal Health Services

Episcopal Health Services Inc., (EHS) is a health system located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York. The system provides emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved Rockaways and Five Towns populations. The system provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic treatment, and rehabilitative services, regardless of their ability to pay.


ADCES is a National Accredited Organization (NAO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accredited programs must meet the 2022 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support; 6 standards that are revised every 5 years by a group of diabetes educators representing both ADCES and the American Diabetes Association and approved by CMS. Programs must maintain compliance with the Standards during the 4-year accreditation cycle. ADCES, formerly known as the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through innovative education, management and support. With more than 14,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise specialists, and others, ADCES has a vast network of practitioners working with people who have, are affected by or are at risk for diabetes. Learn more at, or visit us on Facebook (Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists), Twitter (@ADCESdiabetes) and Instagram (@ADCESdiabetes).