The facts are staggering…
So it’s life-and-death-important that patients are diagnosed and treated by professionals who understand this disease. Every healthcare professional at Winthrop has been trained not only to provide education to patients with diabetes, but also to follow evidence-based protocols to help manage their care and prevent complications.
- Patients with diabetes are three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital during an emergency room visit for an unrelated condition.
- 2 out of 3 patients admitted to a hospital from the Emergency Room for any reason have diabetes
- Many of these people don’t even know that they have it.
- The Diabetes can complicate every type of illness, surgery or medical procedure – including childbirth.
Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™
In recognition of our outstanding care for patients with Diabetes, Winthrop was recently recognized as the first and only teaching hospital in New York State to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its advanced inpatient diabetes care by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.
One of the performance measures that helped Winthrop achieve this designation is the reduction of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) among our inpatients to an average of 0.35% compared with the national prevalence of 6.0 percent. This has important implications for the patients we serve. Not only are they significantly less likely to suffer the discomfort and potentially dangerous side effect of hypoglycemia, but they are more likely to be discharged sooner as well. It is impossible to have a zero percent prevalence of hypoglycemia, because no one can control all of the factors that contribute to hypoglycemia in a hospital, but the significant improvement and maintenance of that improvement is a testament to our staff’s commitment to providing safe, evidence-based care for patients with diabetes and hyperglycemia.
U.S. News & World Report
Winthrop’s outstanding diabetes care has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report where we were ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2013-14 in the New York Metro Area for 12 high performing specialties, including diabetes and endocrinology.
In addition, the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop-University Hospital has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings for demonstrating excellence in the multiple specialties including pediatric diabetes & endocrinology.