The Mercy Health Network - North Iowa diabetes education program is recognized for its quality by the State of Iowa and by the American Diabetes Association. The ADA's Recognition Certificate assures that the educational programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management.
The network program includes diabetes educators (nurse and dietitian) at each of the affiliated hospitals located in Algona, Belmond, Britt, Cresco, Emmetsburg, Hampton, Iowa Falls, New Hampton, and Osage. All educators meet state and national standards to provide instruction. Many of the educators also are recognized as certified diabetes educators or CDE's.
The title of CDE is obtained through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Education. The process demonstrates that rigorous educating experience and examination criteria have been met. It also provides recognition for knowledge in this specialty.