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UMMC receives nation’s first diabetes care certification

The University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC) became the first academic medical center in the nation to be certified by The Joint Commission in advanced inpatient diabetes care.

The Joint Commission is an independent nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs nationwide. In the past year, UMMC provided diabetes education and care to more than 2,250 hospital patients and has seen a reduction in cases of stress-induced hyperglycemia since 2001.

“Scientific innovation has always been at the core of UMMC’s philosophy,” says Asad Saeed, M.D., medical director of the UMMC diabetes management team, adding that a dedicated diabetes management team and its certification by the The Joint Commission fulfills this philosophy. “Because of this work, the medical center can manage a variety of complex hyperglycemic patients more effectively. This translates to improved quality of care and improved clinical outcomes.”

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