Oak Orchard Health achieves Diabetes Education Accreditation

By on March 25, 2019

Oak Orchard Health (OOH) has achieved accreditation for Oak Orchard as a Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP).

OOH provides a model of care that integrates patient-centered primary care, behavioral health, dental, vision services and health education – treating the whole patient and focusing on wellness and prevention. OOH believes that patients need to be treated holistically and educated on what they need to do to maintain good health. This accreditation comes from the only organization dedicated solely to diabetes education, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and, according to Chief Medical Officer, Nancy Ciavarri, MD, “This is a tremendous accomplishment and allows OOH to provide diabetes self-management education, which removes barriers to care.”

Remarked Mary Ann Pettibon, CEO, “Removing barriers to care for our patients is of paramount importance to us at OOH, and we are so delighted that this accreditation will assist us to do just that.” Erin Goodrich, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, Oak Orchard’s Registered Dietitian, will oversee the education program. Ms. Goodrich, a native of Albion, received her undergrad degree at Daemen College and then pursued her master’s degree in dietetics at D’Youville College in Buffalo. “Passionate about bringing more healthcare opportunities to Albion,” Ms. Goodrich has been working at OOH for over a year-and-a-half, and received her certification as a Diabetes Educator, which is an interdisciplinary specialty in diabetes education.

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