January 31, 2012

Maury Regional awarded advanced diabetes certification from The Joint Commission

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has earned The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care, which recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes across all inpatient settings. MRMC is one of only two hospitals in Tennessee to attain this advanced certification distinction.

“On a daily basis more than twenty-five percent of the medical center’s inpatients have diabetes, whether it is the reason for the hospitalization or a potential complication for another health condition,” said CEO Robert Otwell. “The physicians and staff are dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with diabetes to improve their quality of life and lower their risk of complications. It is their commitment to our patients that has resulted in the medical center attaining this advanced certification.”

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults are living with diabetes. Complications can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, amputation and blindness. Achievement of advanced certification signifies that MRMC provides the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving patient outcomes. The Joint Commission and the American Diabetes Association have identified that the most successful inpatient diabetes programs possess the following critical attributes:

  • Specific staff education requirements
  • Written blood glucose monitoring protocols
  • Plans for the treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia
  • Patient education on self-management of diabetes
  • An identified program champion or program champion team

This certification recognizes MRMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families. MRMC underwent a rigorous on-site survey by a team of Joint Commission experts who evaluated patient outcomes, physician practices, nursing standards of care, patient education and patient satisfaction.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national best-practice standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

In addition to inpatient services, MRMC offers a variety of educational resources for outpatients, including classes for diabetes self-management, gestational diabetes and medical nutritional therapy. Instruction may be provided by a certified diabetes educator, registered nurses and registered dietitians. The medical center also offers a free monthly diabetes education group. For more information about diabetes services, call 931.540.4324.