According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes. It is vital for patients to be diagnosed and treated by medical professionals who understand the many complexities of the disease. At NYU Winthrop Hospital, we are dedicated to not only caring for and providing education to patients with diabetes, but also to following evidence-based protocols to help them effectively manage their care.
Through our diabetes programs and services for patients with Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes, we offer innovative, comprehensive, disease-specific care and education that is focused on enabling patients to manage their chronic condition and avoid associated complications.
NYU Winthrop was the first major teaching hospital in New York to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval in 2013, and the newest Gold Seal in 2019 marks uninterrupted Advanced Certification. The Hospital achieved this prestigious distinction through a rigorous on-site review and by demonstrating compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Care Certification program as well as inpatient diabetes care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Certification from The Joint Commission serves as a testament to NYU Winthrop’s commitment to patients with diabetes, strengthens community confidence and reinforces NYU Winthrop’s position as the regional leader in diabetes care.
Patients with diabetes are three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital during an emergency room visit for an unrelated condition, and studies show the best outcomes for patients with diabetes result from a concentrated team approach to care. The care of patients with diabetes at NYU Winthrop is closely coordinated by a multidisciplinary team of Certified Diabetes Educators, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and other health professionals. By identifying patients with diabetes upon admission and implementing specific evidence-based protocols, NYU Winthrop has successfully reduced complications while enhancing patient outcomes.
To the person with diabetes, an insulin pump is considered a lifeline. It not only provides a life-sustaining hormone, but it allows for greater flexibility than traditional injections. NYU Winthrop embraced the formidable challenges and made a commitment to partner with the patient and continue to use the insulin pump while hospitalized as long as it is safe for the patient. Patients sign an agreement with their Nurses supporting clear communication. The Radiology department and rest of the hospital staff are aware of the radiology tests that interfere with the pump’s ability to function. The Obstetrical team has clear procedures outlined to adjust for the dynamic environment of the delivery suite where blood glucose management not only affects the mother but the fetus as well.
Parents of children with diabetes partner with the Pediatric staff to continue or restart insulin pump therapy. There are important benefits to keeping blood glucose levels in target range during and after surgery and NYU Winthrop embraced the challenges of using an insulin pump during certain surgical procedures through collaboration. Positioning NYU Winthrop as an Insulin Pump-Friendly Hospital is a powerful example of NYU Winthrop’s patient-centric focus.
Under the umbrella of NYU Winthrop’s Diabetes and Obesity Institute, the distinction of Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Certification by The Joint Commission is part of a considerable portfolio of diabetes-specific services that boldly positions NYU Winthrop as the regional leader in diabetes care.
The Diabetes Education Center has a two-part mission to provide:
Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support and committed to meeting the diverse needs of our patients, the Diabetes Education Center provides both group instruction and a variety of stand-alone courses that are taught in individual sessions:
Pediatric Diabetes Program: part of the Pediatric Endocrinology division
The Pediatric Endocrinology division offers our pediatric patients a variety of services such as :
NYU Winthrop Comprehensive Diabetes Program for adults: part of the Endocrinology division
The Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism division offers our adult patients a variety of services such as: