Two Beebe Medical Center Staff Members Earn Diabetic Educator Certification
The National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) has announced that Beebe Medical Center registered dietitian Patricia Bradley, MA, RD, CDE, and non-invasive cardiac nurse Phyllis Toomey, RN, BSN, CDE, have achieved Certified Diabetes Educator status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators.
Candidates must meet rigorous credential and professional practice experience requirements to be eligible to take the examination. Achieving the CDE credential demonstrates to patients and employees that the healthcare professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting the quality of care for patients with diabetes.
Ms. Bradley works at Beebe Medical Center's Wound Care and Diabetes Management Center at Longneck two days a week offering individual and group nutritional counseling for outpatients, in addition to diabetes classes focusing on nutrition. She works three days a week at the hospital's main campus in Lewes where she supports the nutritional care of our acute care patients. Appointments can be made at (302) 947-2500.
Mrs. Toomey works in Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing and Cardiac Rehabilitation at Beebe Medical Center's main campus. She works closely with cardiac patients; and as a diabetic specialist, she is an important resource to the staff in Cardiac Rehabilitation as many patients with heart disease also have diabetes.
Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in America and is believed to be an under-reported cause of death. Currently there are more than 20 million people in the United States with diabetes and more than 6 million of them do not know they have it. The risk of cardiovascular disease for people with diabetes is two to four times that for people who do not have diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, two out of three adults with diabetes will die from heart attack or stroke.
NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for healthcare professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their heart disease. For more information, visit the website at www.ncbde.org, or call the national office at (847) 228-9795.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org