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Fort Washington Medical Center's Diabetes Education Program Receives National Accreditation


Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC) was recently named an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a National Accredited Organization (NAO), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This will allow residents in and around the Fort Washington and surrounding communities increased access to critical diabetes education services.

Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. At FWMC, all of the programs are provided by specially trained diabetes educators and program topics include:

  • Diabetes Overview
  • Meal Planning
  • Physical Activity
  • Medications
  • Monitoring
  • Complications
  • Goal Setting
  • Psychological Adjustments

“We are very excited to provide this program for our community. This initiative defines a part of our commitment to the community and provides education and training to manage diabetes,” says Certified Diabetes Educator Helen Jenkins, BSN, RN, CDE, CPT. Chief Nursing Officer, Marjorie Quint-Bouzid said, "Our continued commitment to excellence in clinical outcomes, patient experience and population health management is demonstrated by the fact that we offer a nationally accredited program of self-management education and support to anyone experiencing diabetes. We believe together we are better."

If you would like more information about FWMC’s diabetic education program, contact Helen Jenkins at 240-766-4197.

About Fort Washington Medical Center:

Fort Washington Medical Center (FWMC) is an acute care not-for-profit hospital located in Fort Washington, Maryland. FWMC provides 24-hour emergency medical care, critical care, laboratory services, general and outpatient surgery, digital mammography, diagnostic imaging, inpatient rehabilitation, respiratory therapy, and specialty services. The hospital is owned by Nexus Health, a health care management company in Oxon Hill, Maryland. For more information, visit

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