The Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy Diabetes Education Program has received national accreditation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) for the 5th straight year. This designation helps ensure increased access to critical diabetes education services to residents across the region, including those patients covered by Medicare. The program is directed by Certified Diabetes Educator and Pharmacist, Amy E. Jasperse, R.Ph., CDE.
Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy has successfully met the rigorous requirements and standards set forth by the AADE. These standards include organizational practices, curriculum, ability to meet unique needs of a targeted patient population, collaborative processes, continuous quality improvement, on-going patient support and a commitment to excellence at all levels. Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy is the only pharmacy in the Greenbrier Valley and one of only six programs in West Virginia to achieve accreditation through the AADE, the gold-standard for diabetes education.
A structured and comprehensive educational process is essential to improving health status and enhancing quality of life. “We develop a custom education plan for each patient and not only teach diabetes self-management skills, but work to empower patients to take control of their disease through lifestyle changes,” said Amy Jasperse, RPh, CDE. “Measuring outcomes, working collaboratively with other healthcare providers and focusing on prevention are a key part of our program,” Jasperse said.
“The AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education with highly trained instructors where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, director for the AADE Diabetes Education Accreditation Center. “Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy has established exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation process in 2009.”