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Orange Regional Medical Center Recognized by American Diabetes Association

February 5, 2009

Staff of the Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center (l-r): Shelly DeHaan, Laurie Porcaro, Pat Gerow, Kristine Bihun and Jane deJong

January 29, 2009 – For Immediate Release

Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center Earns Education Recognition Certificate

(Middletown, NY) – Orange Regional Medical Center’s Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center has been awarded with a third consecutive Education Recognition Certificate by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for its quality diabetes self-management education program. The Diabetes Treatment Center achieved recognition status by having a staff of knowledgeable healthcare professionals who provided patients with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

“Voluntarily applying for the ADA Recognition Certificate gives our professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” says Jerry Dunlavey, Orange Regional’s Vice-President, Business Development. “The Treatment Center’s expertise and strong belief in the value of the service provided to our patients is noteworthy.”

“This recertification demonstrates our continuing commitment to provide excellence in diabetes education services to the community,” says Shelly DeHaan, RD, CDE, Coordinator, Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center. “Our team of professionals includes two dietitians and two nurses who are certified diabetes educators. The staff stays knowledgeable of the most recent technological advances in diabetes management and brings their expertise to the patients.”

Diabetes self-management education or training is a key step in improving health outcomes and quality of life of diabetic patients. It focuses on self-care behaviors such as healthy eating, being active, and monitoring blood sugar. It is a collaborative process in which diabetes educators help people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge, problem solving and coping skills needed to successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

The Stanley Dunkelman Diabetes Center was first recognized for its diabetes self-management education program in December, 1998. Each ADA Recognition certificate is awarded for a three year term.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 23.6 million Americans or 8% of the population who have diabetes and approximately 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each day. For more information on Orange Regional’s Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center visit www.ormc.org or call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

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