HopeHealth Renews its AADE Accreditation
FLORENCE, S.C. (September 22, 2017) – HopeHealth recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators for the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) program. This allows residents in and around Florence, Williamsburg, and Clarendon Counties increased access to critical diabetes education services.
Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. It is provided by diabetes educators.
“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “HopeHealth’s Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support program is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”
HopeHealth is one of 21 nonprofit, federally qualified health centers in South Carolina and provides quality and affordable health care services to individuals in Florence, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties.
HopeHealth is a nonprofit corporation that provides integrated health services for more than 37,000 patients in areas surrounding Aiken, Clarendon, Florence, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg counties. It was founded in 1991 as a grassroots HIV/AIDS support organization, and was designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2007 to expand its services to include primary and pediatric care. Today, HopeHealth has 12 locations (10 community health centers and two infectious diseases treatment and prevention centers) with nearly 60 providers covering primary care, dental care, chiropractic care, behavioral health and psychiatry, pain management, substance abuse, and women’s health services.
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