VMC wins national award for diabetes care

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

“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.”

Santa Clara County, like the much of the United States, is facing a growing epidemic of diabetes. Driven by obesity, poor nutrition and lack of exercise, diabetes related illness is a leading cause of death and hospitalizations. The VMC Diabetes Center sees more than 20,000 patients a year. And the number keeps growing, as VMC officials believe nearly 1/3 of all Santa Clara County residents are at risk for the disease.

That is why the VMC Diabetes Centers deploys dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, case managers and others to help patients navigate a complete overhaul of their lifestyle. After all, the goal is not only to help the patient in the short-term, but to keep them from ever having to come back.