North Shore University Hospital recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its inpatient diabetes program, the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced Tuesday.
The program comprises a broad educational effort to teach members across departments at about the needs of people with diabetes led to the hospital recently, according to NSLIJ.
The seal of approval is designated as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards, according to The Joint Commission's website.
The hospital earned the advanced certification after its inpatient diabetes team – led by Alyson Myers, MD, and Ann Marie Hasse, RN – worked with different departments throughout North Shore University Hospital to educate them more deeply about the importance of patient-centered care and education for people with diabetes.
“People are not typically admitted to the hospital for diabetes, but they do bring their diabetes with them,” said Tracy Breen, MD, chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at North Shore-LIJ.
“It is important that all patients, whether they are seeing a cardiologist or orthopedic surgeon, also have someone monitoring their diabetes and treating it safely and effectively,” she added.
Physicians, nurses, case managers and other medical professionals were educated about evidenced-based diabetes management strategies. The diabetes team also created iLearn modules through the health system’s Center for Learning and Innovation to teach staff about diabetes.
In addition, a "diabetes champions" program was started for nurses, physical therapists, registered dietitians, nurse practitioners and those who work in the pharmacy to learn the best practices of caring for people with diabetes. There were approximately 180 "champions," who could then join the North Shore-LIJ Health System CDE Fellowship program to become certified diabetes educators.
Four North Shore University Hospital staff members have gotten their diabetes educator certification to date.
Now, the health system is working toward getting this certification for its other facilities. Glen Cove Hospital already has accreditation.
For more information about North Shore University Hospital’s diabetes program, call 718-480-7926.