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St. Mary’s Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care


Only 95 hospitals nationwide received this distinction

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (January 9, 2018) – Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care. St. Mary’s is the only hospital in the Bay Area and one of 95 hospitals nationwide to receive this distinction.

“This national designation demonstrates our multidisciplinary team’s continued commitment to providing comprehensive care that includes education and tailored treatment plans for our patients with diabetes,” said John Allen, St. Mary’s Medical Center interim president. “We are dedicated to helping patients successfully manage this chronic disease, and are proud to instill confidence in the community we serve by providing the highest quality diabetes care.”

St. Mary’s underwent a voluntary, rigorous on-site review where Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with inpatient diabetes-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

Awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes Care is based on the American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Recommendations and addresses standards related to:

  • 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, and
  • An identified program champion or program champion team

St. Mary’s also offers a comprehensive outpatient diabetes education program certified by the American Diabetes Association. In addition to learning how to manage their diabetes, patients get hands-on experience tending to a vegetable garden at the hospital while learning how to grow their own healthy, diabetes-friendly foods in a small space. Watch a Facebook Live video about the vegetable garden.

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About Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center 

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center is an accredited, not-for-profit community hospital that has been caring for the people of San Francisco since 1857. Located across from Golden Gate Park, it is the longest continually running hospital in San Francisco. St. Mary’s has been named a 2014 Top Performer in Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for excellence in patient outcomes. For three consecutive years, from 2014 to 2016, St. Mary’s received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades.

St. Mary’s also was recognized as one of the Top 100 Orthopedic Programs nationally by Becker’s Hospital Review and is a Certified Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. St. Mary’s state-of-the-art Cancer Center offers the full-range of oncology, radiation, and imaging services. Offering the most comprehensive breast imaging services in San Francisco, St. Mary’s has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, a recognition that represents the national gold standard. Beyond clinical care, St. Mary's is committed to furthering the healing ministry, and to providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to the community we serve. For more information, call 415.668.1000.

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