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Members of Winthrop’s Hospital Wide Insulin Safety Committee.
Winthrop-University Hospital 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 recently achieved this prestigious distinction by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

“Diabetes is a major public health concern – both nationally and in the New York area,” said John F. Collins, President & CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital. “This major achievement is reflective of the hard work, commitment and success of Winthrop’s diabetes team and staff to provide the highest quality care to patients.”

“Patients with diabetes should know that their care, even for other conditions, will be better managed at Winthrop,” added Mr. Collins. “Anyone with diabetes facing heart surgery, or orthopedic surgery, for example, can rest assured that every possible measure is in place to ensure the best possible outcomes.”

As part of a rigorous on-site review, a Joint Commission expert evaluated Winthrop’s 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 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 Winthrop’s commitment to patients with diabetes, strengthens community confidence and reinforces Winthrop’s position as the regional leader in diabetes care.”

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 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, Winthrop has successfully reduced complications while enhancing patient outcomes.

“Winthrop is dedicated to giving each patient a diabetes care plan that is customized to their individual needs,” said Ms. Dittko. “Every healthcare professional has been trained to provide education to adults and children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and follow evidence-based protocols to help manage care and prevent complications.”

Additionally, through an initiative designed to reduce the prevalence of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) among inpatients, Winthrop recently reduced its hypoglycemia rate to 0.3 percent, as compared with the national prevalence of 6.0 percent.

“Winthrop’s Diabetes Team continually seeks opportunities to collaborate with staff Hospital-wide to implement the highest standards of care for the treatment of diabetic patients while supporting the Hospital’s mission to provide high quality, safe, culturally competent, and comprehensive healthcare services,” added Ms. Dittko.

To learn more about Winthrop’s nationally recognized diabetes program, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit

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