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2002 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital's Joslin Center Achieves Diabetes Provider Recognition Status From the American Diabetes Association

CLEARWATER, Fla., (February 20, 2002)---The Joslin Center for Diabetes at Morton Plant Hospital recently achieved provider recognition status from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), as well as the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). In order to achieve this status, the Joslin Center was assessed on 11 key measures of performance criteria for adult patients.

"Diabetes can be a frustrating and life-altering disease, however the Joslin Center at Morton Plant Hospital has the resources to help individuals control their disease," said Hal Ziecheck, chief operating officer for Morton Plant Hospital. "In addition to recognizing the important education and support programs the Joslin Center offers, this national designation will also serve to make more diabetes patients and their families aware of our services."

Benefits of Recognition are:

* Acknowledgment as a provider of quality diabetes care with posting on the ADA web site (

* Ability to use Recognition status when contracting with health plans and health services purchasers.

* Ability to receive consumer referrals through ADA's 1-800-DIABETES National Call Center.

Criteria for diabetes provider recognition requires recording data on a prescribed number of patients, which includes the documentation of annual eye and foot exams, blood pressure, lipid profile, tobacco status and counseling, self-management education, medical nutrition, self-monitoring of blood glucose and patient satisfaction. Eligible patients have had diabetes for at least 12 months and have been under the provider's care for at least 12 months.

Diabetes affects 16 million Americans per year or about six percent of the population. It is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use the hormone---insulin. Insulin is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

The Joslin Center for Diabetes at Morton Plant Hospital was established in 1991 and is located at 455 Pinellas Street in Clearwater. It offers comprehensive diabetes care and research including insulin pump and gestational diabetes self-management education and support groups. Some of the unique community programs are grocery store tours and meter clinics. For more information call the Joslin Center for Diabetes, (727) 461-8300.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care.

Contact: Phoebe Ochman/Beth Hardy

MPMHC News Bureau

727/461-8117 Phone

727/468-7586 Pager