News | Published June 27, 2013

Clinicians at Mount Nittany Health receive national recognition for quality diabetes care

Seated left to right: Tammy Impellitteri, RD, CNSC, LD; Cierra Thompson, LPN; Diana Berlyand, RD, CDE, LDN. Standing left to right: Eileen Meyers, RN; Lianne Langsdale, RN; Joyce Mershon, RN; Susan Trainor, CRNP, CDE; Jan Ulbrecht, MD, medical director of the Diabetes Network; Katherine Bialka, PA-C, PhD; Barbara Purdum, CRNP; Eileen Codner, RN; Deborah Dubbs, LPN.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) announced that three clinicians from Mount Nittany Health have received recognition from the Diabetes Recognition Program for providing quality care to their patients with diabetes.

The Diabetes Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care. The recognized clinicians from Mount Nittany Physician Group Endocrinology are Barbara Purdum, CRNP, Susan Trainor, CRNP, and Jan Ulbrecht, MD.

“It’s not just about the quality of care we deliver, it’s about the quality of our patients’ lives,” said Susan Trainor. “There are so many issues and complications around diabetes, from wound care to vision problems—it is really important to make a difference in the daily lives of our patients,” she said.

That is why a number of different measures are considered as key to diabetes care, including eye exams, blood pressure tests, Hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol control, smoking cessation counseling, nutrition therapy, and patient satisfaction. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, the clinicians at Mount Nittany Health submitted data that documented the ways in which these measures were implemented.

“For the person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” said Richard M. Bergenstal, MD, president, Medicine and Science, American Diabetes Association. “Clinicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care. The list of recognized clinicians is the first place to look if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes.”

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Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes; it is the sixth-leading cause of death by disease in the U.S., and has no cure.

In addition to the Mount Nittany Physician Group practice, Mount Nittany Health provides diabetes services that include self-management education with certified diabetes educators and services for complications related to diabetes through the Diabetes Network, Diabetes Foot Clinic and Center for Wound Care.

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