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Published on September 11, 2015

Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health Recognized by CDC for Diabetes Prevention Program

CDC logoABINGTON, PA (September 11, 2015) – Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health is pleased to announce that it has achieved Full Recognition status from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP).

The DPRP is a key component of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, a yearlong, evidence-based lifestyle change program that reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for adults. The DPRP collects and analyzes data to decide whether organizations meet the National DPP recognition program’s standards, therefore demonstrating effective delivery of the proven program to prevent type 2 diabetes.

“Achieving Full Recognition from the CDC reflects the high quality of Abington’s Diabetes Prevention Program as well as our staff’s consistent commitment to our patients’ long-term health,” said Meg McGoldrick, president of Abington – Jefferson Health.

Abington Hospital has demonstrated its capacity to deliver a quality program and support individuals with prediabetes in making achievable and realistic lifestyle changes that help to cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to the Diabetes Care journal, “the highly successful lifestyle intervention…resulted in a 58 percent reduction in the incidence rate of diabetes.”

DPRP Full Recognition markers include attendance rates above 80 percent, weight loss of greater than 5 percent and physical activity minutes reported at least 60 percent of the time over the course of the yearlong program.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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