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St. Anthony’s Hospital Receives Joint Commission Certification for Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Nov. 11, 2013) – St. Anthony’s Hospital has been recognized by the Joint Commission as being certified in Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care. St. Anthony’s is currently one of only four hospitals in Florida and one of about 70 hospitals in the nation to receive this designation.

 “With more than 26 million adults and children suffering with diabetes in the United States, it is so important to have an action plan in place to provide the best care,”  said endocrinologist Venkata Budharaju, MD, who is the medical director for St. Anthony’s inpatient diabetes program. “This certification is a voluntary process and our team worked hard to meet this challenge to show that they are dedicated to provide excellent health care to our hospital patients with diabetes.”

A team approach to diabetes often leads to the best outcomes for patients, studies show. The certified diabetes educators who oversee St. Anthony’s inpatient and outpatient programs work with the patient and the primary health care provider to help patients with diabetes understand and manage their disease.

The inpatient diabetes certification program is based on the American Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Recommendations. The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care, developed in conjunction with the ADA, identifies that the most successful inpatient diabetes programs have the following characteristics: 

  • 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

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

On Nov. 14, World Diabetes Day, St. Anthony’s will offer free health screenings from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital’s auditorium. There will be free risk assessments, blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring and body mass index assessments. For the blood glucose monitoring, it is recommended that participants fast at least two hours before the test. To see if you are at risk of diabetes, take the seven-minute health risk assessment at

St. Anthony’s LifeHelp Nutrition and Diabetes Center offers a variety of nutrition and lifestyle education services to help patients. The team of registered dietitians, registered nurses, exercise physiologists and certified diabetes counselors work with patients and physicians to develop personalized wellness plans and provide the tools and information needed to change a patient’s health and nutrition.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard  McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times. St. Anthony’s Hospital is currently the only hospital in Pinellas County to have both the full Heart Failure Accreditation and the Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, South Florida Baptist and Winter Haven Hospital. For more information, visit BayCare on the web at


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