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The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to Norwalk Hospital’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program. Originally awarded Diabetes Education Program Recognition in 1998, the ADA believes that Norwalk Hospital’s program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational

programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide, comments program director Pamela Howard, APRN, CDE. “It assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.” Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States who have diabetes.

While an estimated 21 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 8.1 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day approximately 4,657 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2012 in the U.S. Diabetes contributed to 234,051 deaths in 2010, making it the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Overall, the risk for death among people

with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health

organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information on the Norwalk Hospital Diabetes Education Program, please call (203) 852-2181 or visit the web at

About Norwalk Hospital

Norwalk Hospital is a progressive, patient-centered regional teaching

hospital serving residents of south-western Connecticut and adjacent New

York. The 328-bed acute care, not-for-profit hospital offers Cardiovascular,

Cancer, Orthopedic, Neurologic and Digestive Disease care with advanced

diagnostics, innovative therapies and state-of-the-art surgery. The hospital

is supported by its very generous community through donations to the

Western Connecticut health Network Foundation/Norwalk Hospital.

Norwalk Hospital is part of the Western Connecticut Health Network and one

of the Network’s three member hospitals including Danbury Hospital and

New Milford Hospital, as well as their physician groups and affiliated

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About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient centered

health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization, which is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes Western Connecticut Medical Group, an integrated physician practice offering primary and subspecialty care across the region, Western Connecticut Home Care, an agency for home health care services, the nationally renowned Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, and other affiliates. For more information, visit Share your comments with us at; and/or