Diabetes Education Program at UA's 'Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes' Merits ADA Recognition

Steele Children's Research Center awarded American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate

The Steele Children’s Research Center’s “Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes” recently was awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program. The Steele Center is a Center of Excellence at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.

The Angel Wing received this recognition because the ADA believes it offers a high-quality education program that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. The association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Only four other ADA-recognized diabetes-education programs are located in Tucson, and the Angel Wing for Children with Diabetes is the only facility in Southern Arizona that focuses solely on children with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.

Programs apply for recognition voluntarily; those that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.

“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of service they provide,” said Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, director of the Steele Children’s Research Center. “And, of course, it assures our patients that they will receive high-quality service.” Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for three years. “We are honored by this prestigious recognition,” Dr. Ghishan said.
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The University of Arizona, University Physicians Healthcare and University Medical Center work together to care for patients, educate medical students, train resident-physicians and conduct clinical and basic research. The UA Steele Children’s Research Center and UMC are working together to build Diamond Children’s Medical Center (www.diamondchildrens.org), now under construction and scheduled to open in 2010. Diamond Children's will be Arizona’s only pediatric inpatient medical center connected to an academic research facility – the Steele Center (www.steelecenter.arizona.edu).