Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care
NYU Winthrop is the first major teaching hospital in New York State to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care. The Hospital achieved this prestigious distinction through a rigorous on-site review and by demonstrating compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as inpatient diabetes care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.
According to Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute, who led the charge to obtain this prestigious designation, Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Certification from The Joint Commission “serves as a testament to NYU Winthrop’s commitment to patients with diabetes, strengthens community confidence and reinforces NYU Winthrop’s position as the regional leader in diabetes care.”
Members of NYU Winthrop’s Hospital-wide Insulin Safety Committee.
“Diabetes is a major public health concern – both nationally and in the New York area,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital . “This major achievement is reflective of the hard work, commitment and success of NYU Winthrop’s diabetes team and staff to provide the highest quality care to patients.”
Diabetes is a 24/7 condition. People who live successfully with diabetes do so through sophisticated self-management, but too often their expertise goes unrecognized during a hospital stay.
“Why should self-managing diabetes patients give up their autonomy while in the hospital? After all, they are the experts about their day-to-day condition,” said Ms. Peragallo-Dittko. “If patients are well enough to self-manage, we will collaborate with them, and if they aren’t well enough, they can trust that our Hospital staff knows what to do.”
Pictured left at the ribbon cutting ceremony held to commemorate the new location of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center are (l.-r.) Nancy Rau, RD; Marina Moore, Administrative Assistant; Maggie Marinelli, RD; Lynne Chimon, RD, Director of the Diabetes Education Center; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute; Rich Rivera, Vice President, Administration; Diane Marron, Administrative Assistant; and Sharon Blasi, RN.
“Patients with diabetes should know that their care, even for other conditions, will be better managed at NYU Winthrop,” added Mr. Collins. “Anyone with diabetes facing any kind of surgery can rest assured that every possible measure is in place to ensure the best treatment for not only their surgical condition but for their diabetes management as well. When people with diabetes are choosing a hospital to deliver their babies, have surgery or manage an acute medical condition, The Joint Commission diabetes accreditation reinforces that they should choose NYU Winthrop.”
Patients with diabetes are three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital during an emergency room visit for an unrelated condition, and studies show the best outcomes for patients with diabetes result from a concentrated team approach to care. The care of patients with diabetes at NYU Winthrop is closely coordinated by a multidisciplinary team of certified diabetes educators, physicians, nurses and other health professionals. By identifying patients with diabetes upon admission and implementing specific evidence-based protocols, NYU Winthrop has successfully reduced complications while enhancing patient outcomes.
Under the umbrella of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute, the distinction of Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Certification by The Joint Commission is part of a considerable portfolio of diabetes-specific services that boldly positions NYU Winthrop as the regional leader in diabetes care.
NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center Moves to a New Location
For decades, NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center has provided people living with diabetes with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to successfully manage their condition and avoid complications. Recently, members of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center celebrated the grand opening of their new location at 173 Mineola Blvd., Suite 102, in Mineola, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony and reception.
(L.-R.) Joe Bosnack, President of the Mineola Lions Club; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, FAADE, Executive Director of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute; Lynne Chimon, RD, Director of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center; Legislator Richard J. Nicolello; John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital ; and John Broder, Advisor to the President and CEO.
“The Diabetes Education Center continues its provision of high quality, state-of-the-art diabetes education and support at its new location. The Center is equipped with the latest technology to enhance our certified diabetes educators’ hands-on, personal approach to helping individuals navigate the wealth of information about diabetes and its management,” said Lynne Chimon, RD, Director of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center.
Currently celebrating its 34th year of service to the community, the Diabetes Education Center recently received its eighth consecutive reaccreditation from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The Diabetes Education Center was the first nationally accredited outpatient education program in New York State and it continues to provide superior educational and community outreach programs to adults and children living with and managing diabetes.