The Wright Center for Primary Care Designated as an American Association of Diabetes Educators Accredited Program Site

The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley was recently named an accredited diabetes education program site by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). The program, “Wright Steps for Healthy Living,” will provide residents in Lackawanna, Wayne and Pike counties with increased access to critical diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. Enrollment is open to any community member. Certified diabetes educator, Rosemary Takacs, RN, BS, CDE, leads the program at The Wright Center.

Takacs said, “This service will allow participants up to 10 hours of education in addition to what their primary care physician offers in the office. It focuses on goal setting and taking the steps necessary to control diabetes. Patients should gain knowledge about diabetes and feel empowered to make changes necessary for successful self-management.”

Nutritional counseling, included as a component of the diabetes education program, is provided by The Wright Center’s Karen Papi, MS, RD, LDN, CDE. Papi has been a Certified Diabetes Educator for more than 10 years.

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving out of the hospital and into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program.”

The Wright Center for Primary Care’s offices are located in Jermyn, Clarks Summit and Scranton. Group classes and individual sessions will be held at all locations. Afternoon, evening and Saturday sessions are available to accommodate busy schedules. Participants can register by calling 570-230-0019.

Most insurances are accepted. The Wright Center for Primary Care is committed to providing non-discriminatory, high quality and affordable care of all patients, regardless of ability or inability to pay.

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