Diabetes Services Quality and Certifications

Baptist Medical Center has earned recognition for our care of both hospitalized patients with diabetes, and for outpatients through our diabetes education program. 

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, in 2010, Mississippi ranked the second highest in the nation for overall diabetes prevalence, with over 270,000 adult Mississippians having type 2 diabetes (over 12% of the adult population). Additionally, diabetes contributed to the deaths of 926 Mississippians in 2010, and many more live with the complications of Type 2 diabetes, including lower extremity amputations, end stage renal disease, blindness, loss of protective sensation, heart disease and premature death.

Baptist's quality care in diabetes services demonstrates our commitment, as a leader in healthcare, to improve the health status of the people we serve.

Inpatient Quality and Certifications

Baptist Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission's Inpatient Diabetes Certification (Advanced) for our care of hospitalized patients with diabetes.

The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes across all inpatient settings. The Joint Commission and the American Diabetes Association have identified that the most successful inpatient diabetes programs possess the following critical attributes:

  • Specific staff education requirements
  • Written blood glucose monitoring protocols
  • Plans for the treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • Data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia
  • Patient education on self-management of diabetes
  • An identified program champion or program champion team

Watch this video to learn more about our inpatient diabetes team.

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Outpatient Quality and Certifications 

Offered through Baptist Nutrition and Bariatric Center, our Outpatient Diabetes Education program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from Joint Commission in the area of Outpatient Diabetes Education.

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