Texas Health Winnsboro Diabetes Program Recognized by American Diabetes Association
03/03/2009

WINNSBORO, Texas — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Winnsboro’s Diabetes Self Management Education program has been recognized again by the American Diabetes Association. The Winnsboro hospital’s program was first recognized in 1999.

Nearly 21 million people, or 7 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. The association estimates that 4,110 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day.

“For people with diabetes self management is crucial, but to effectively manage your diabetes you need training and education,” said Vicki Johns, R.D., L.D., C.D.E., program manager. “Our program is designed to give individuals support and knowledge to help them maintain their health and limit or manage complications from diabetes.”

In 2008, Texas Health Winnsboro’s program helped more than 100 patients, many of whom were younger than in years past. Previously, most of the patients were older and on Medicare, but now educators are seeing more patients that are in their 40s and 50s, Johns said. Also, more than half of the patients are referred by physicians outside of the Winnsboro community.

To be recognized, programs must meet national standards that cover topics including nutrition management, physical activity, goal and problem setting, and psychological management. In addition, programs must teach individuals to monitor, prevent, detect and treat both acute and chronic complications. The program is reviewed by the American Diabetes Association for recognition every three years.

“The diabetes education program at Texas Health Winnsboro provides an invaluable resource to the community,” said Patsy Youngs, acting hospital president. “A diagnosis of diabetes can be daunting but by learning simple techniques to manage the disease complications may be lessened. Our diabetes educators do a great job of personalizing the program to help each patient achieve the best result possible.”

Educating patients with diabetes and those at risk is crucial to preventing further complications from the disease, which can include heart disease and stroke, blindness, kidney disease, complications from pregnancy, sexual dysfunction and amputations, the American Diabetes Association said.

For more information on the program, please call 903-342-4111.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Winnsboro
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Winnsboro is a 50-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Wood, Franklin, Hopkins, Rains and Camp counties since 1985. The hospital's services include wound care, diabetes care, diagnostic imaging, surgery and pulmonary rehabilitation. For more information, please call 1-877-THR-WELL.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospitals, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health, visit www.texashealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.