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Anderson Diabetes Program Awarded for Top Performance

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Anderson Diabetes Program Awarded for Top Performance

Vizient Southern States, a membership alliance for non-profit health care providers focused on delivering cost-effective care, recently named its Diabetes Management Collaborative as Outstanding Collaborative of the Year, delivering over $8M in savings to member hospitals.

Within the Diabetes Management Collaborative, member hospitals were awarded for their individual performance. Anderson Regional Medical Center received a Top Performance Award for its overall score on the following metrics: reductions in patient readmissions, average length of stay (ALOS), emergency department revisits and insulin adverse drug events (ADE). Anderson Diabetes Center, led by Certified Diabetes Educators Terri Patterson, RN, BSN, and Denise Roberts, RD, LD, reduced hypoglycemic events by 20% over the past year.

Anderson President and CEO, John G. Anderson, said, “There is truly no better team of diabetic practitioners anywhere. Terri and Denise have unmatched passion for the diabetic community, as demonstrated by their dedication to stay on the forefront of knowledge and evidenced-based practice in the management of these individuals and this debilitating disease. They are more than deserving of this accolade in recognition of their incredible work.”

Ten Vizient Southern States’ members participated in the Diabetes Management Collaborative. They received valuable education from leading practice experts, exchanged knowledge on current successes and challenges in community outreach, diabetes prevention and diabetes education, and learned how to best connect patients to appropriate care. Vizient Southern States’ performance improvement staff also provided extra support with coaching calls and in-person meetings.

Terri Patterson, Anderson Diabetes Program Coordinator, said, “Since 1991, Anderson Diabetes Center has offered a comprehensive diabetes treatment and education program. We are accredited by the American Diabetes Association which sets standards to ensure our program is well-organized and effective in providing the instruction and support needed to manage the disease. Our experienced team works together to guide and advise individuals on all aspects of managing diabetes, and help them achieve an optimum level of health.”