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Diabetes Center Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Joint CommissionThe Nebraska Medical Center's diabetes program has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ making it a nationally certified diabetes center in the state of Nebraska.

"This is a great achievement for us and great news for diabetes patients, their families and physicians," said James Lane, MD, medical director of the Diabetes Center at The Nebraska Medical Center. "The recognition demonstrates the medical center's commitment to excellence in treating and caring for diabetes patients and its commitment to safety and quality care."

The diabetes program at The Nebraska Medical Center combines the best of clinical care, education and research while drawing upon a full-range of top-rated specialists and cutting edge technology to provide unsurpassed treatment and care.

"Diabetes is a common disease associated with serious complications and it requires specialty care," said Dr. Lane. "Our aim is to improve the quality of life for patients with diabetes. Not only are patients counseled and treated for diabetes, but they are screened for complications of the disease and taught how to prevent and manage these consequences. Good diabetes care can prevent long-term complications such as eye, kidney and nerve damage."

The Joint Commission recognizes diabetes programs that successfully demonstrate compliance with national diabetes standards and deliver an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

"The certification gives us a tool to benchmark our performance and direct our efforts toward the highest quality diabetes care," said Dr. Lane.
"The Joint Commission recognition will allow us to continue to grow and achieve our goal of being the regional Center of Excellence in diabetes care," said Beth Pfeffer, RN, director of diabetes services at The Nebraska Medical Center. "I want patients to recognize that if they have diabetes and need comprehensive medical care for any illness or need to be hospitalized after surgery, The Nebraska Medical Center is the place to be."

About the Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 9,500 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. In addition, The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.