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Desert Springs First in U.S. to Get Diabetes Recognition

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Desert Springs Hospital is the first medical center in the nation to receive recognition for its inpatient diabetes program.

The hospital received notification in July 2007 that it has earned a Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care from The Joint Commission, the national organization that accredits healthcare organizations in the U.S.

"What this certification means for patients with diabetes is that Desert Springs Hospital meets rigorous standards to control the patients' blood-sugar levels while they are hospitalized; regardless of whether they are hospitalized for diabetes complications or another illness," said Joy Malaskovitz, Director of the Diabetes Treatment Center at Desert Springs.

Obtaining the inpatient diabetes certification was significant because it requires all employees from housekeepers to admitting clerks, nurses and technicians to understand the basics of diabetes and symptoms of low-blood sugar levels in patients. There are rigorous standards associated with obtaining the certification.

"We sought certification for our organization because we want to demonstrate out commitment to patients' safety and quality care," said Sam Kaufman, CEO/Managing Director of Desert Springs Hospital and Medical Center.

Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center is a 286-bed acute care facility located in southeast Las Vegas.

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