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Diabetes Programs and Services at NYU Winthrop Hospital

U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 High Performing Hospital for Diabetes & EndorinologyAccording to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 10 percent of all Americans have diabetes. The prevalence of the disease has increased rapidly in the past 20 years. 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. 

Hospital care and treatment of people with diabetes: Joint Commission Certification in Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care

NYU Winthrop is the first major teaching hospital in New York State to earn The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care. 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.

Insulin Pump Friendly Hospital

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.

Diabetes Education Center: Prevention, Self-Management Education and Training of Healthcare Professionals

The Diabetes Education Center has a three part mission to provide:

  • Self-management education for people with diabetes and their family members
  • Diabetes prevention education for those at high-risk for developing diabetes
  • Education and training for health care professionals through The Diabetes Core Curriculum Workshop™

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:

  • Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Core diabetes self-management program.
  • Personalized Nutrition Counseling
  • Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Courses
  • Technology and Diabetes
  • Insulin Pump Training

Pediatric Diabetes Program: part of the Pediatric Endocrinology division

The Pediatric Endocrinology division offers our pediatric patients a variety of services such as :

  • Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling
  • Pediatric Diabetes Outreach
  • Social Work Support Services
  • Emerging Adult Transition Program
  • Insulin Pump Training
  • Taking Diabetes to College
  • Clinical Trials

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:

  • Diabetes Education
  • Psychosocial Support Services
  • Emerging Adult Transition Program
  • Tech Mastery Program
  • Clinical Trials