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Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Merits ADA Recognition

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Diabetes Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has received the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for having an excellent diabetes self-management education program. The certificate is awarded to programs that offer high-quality education, which is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The American Diabetes Association’s process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide. Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from the ADA and awarded for three years.

“We are proud and honored to receive this national recognition. Education is a key component of our program and this recognition confirms what our patients know – that they are getting high-quality services at our Center,” stated Dr. Tyler Aguinaldo, Director of the Diabetes Center at SCVMC. “We use a variety of innovative strategies and components of the Chronic Care Model to help manage this ever-increasing and deadly disease. These strategies include self-management support, electronic registries, care management programs, and evidence-based protocols. We also use cutting-edge technologies such as insulin pumps and sensors, retinal camera screening and tele-medicine.”

The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate makes certain that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These standards have been developed and tested under the National Diabetes Advisory Board. Santa Clara Valley Medical Center applied for this recognition because the Diabetes Center has a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who successfully provide their patients with comprehensive information about managing their diabetes.

According to the ADA, there are 23.6 million people or 8% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.6 million have been diagnosed, there are about 5.7 million people who are not aware that they have this disease. Since 2001, over 15,000 patients have received their diabetes care at SCVMC and currently, about 25% of patients receiving primary care services at SCVMC have diabetes. In 2010, the Diabetes Center provided about 20,000 outpatient visits for patients with diabetes.

Each day, approximately 4,384 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness and nerve disease and amputation. Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45% while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined.

For more information about the Diabetes Center at SCVMC online go to For more information on educational programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs go to

Media Contact: Joy Alexiou, Public Information Officer (408) 885-4164, cell (408) 595-2936.
Posted: March 10, 2011