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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Receives Re-Accreditation for Diabetes Management Education

Far Rockaway, New York, March 9, 2022 — For the fourth consecutive year, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has received accreditation by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) for its Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) program. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides authorization for accreditation for the program, and participants learn how to effectively manage their diabetes treatment. The program is aimed at teaching best diabetes self-management practices to individuals who are newly diagnosed with diabetes, and those who may need education and support with managing diabetes.

The DSMES program consists of four on-site education sessions per year that are facilitated by an Endocrinologist, Pharmacist, Dietitian and other expert hospital staff. Each session consists of six individual workshops that focus on a specific topic. Program topics include understanding diabetes and diabetes treatment; healthy eating; being physically active; taking medication; checking blood sugar; reducing the risk of developing other health problems; and learning to cope with stress, depression, and other concerns.

DSMES program participants are supported throughout the process, and continue to be supported up to six months upon completion of the program.

“The specific mission of the DSMES program at St. John’s is to provide quality, comprehensive diabetes self-management education and support to those people on the Rockaway Peninsula and surrounding communities living with and affected by diabetes,” Lorna Manning, RN, Assistant Vice President of Integrated Case Management and Population Health. “We believe that improved self-care behaviors, including healthy eating, being active, taking medication, monitoring, problem-solving, healthy coping, and reducing risks are key to improved clinical outcomes, avoidance of complications, and optimal emotional health.

To participate in, or to learn more about the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support program, call St. John’s Population Health department at (718) 869-7100.

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.