Physician at Johnston Memorial Hospital Diabetes Care Center wins recognition


ABINGDON, Va.— Andrew S. Rhinehart, MD, FACP, CDE, BC-ADM, CDTC, of the Johnston Memorial Hospital Diabetes Care Center, was recently awarded recognition  by the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Recognition Program (NCQA),  a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.

“NCQA’s Diabetes Recognition Program honors the vanguard, professionals using the best science to help patients cope with one of modern life’s most pervasive illnesses,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend Johnston Memorial Hospital and Dr. Rhinehart for providing high quality care and for going the extra mile to help people with diabetes.”

The Johnston Memorial Diabetes Education Center has assisted patients in diabetes care since 1999 and was recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in 2001.  Dr. Andrew S. Rhinehart, medical director and diabetologist, joined the program in 2008 and introduced an innovative model of comprehensive diabetes care that includes medical management, diabetes self-management education and medical nutrition therapy. This team approach has demonstrated a significant reduction in hemoglobin A1C for patients in the program.

Rhinehart reveals his secret to success: “The team-based approach to care we provide at the Diabetes Care Center made achieving the NCQA recognition requirement much easier. The care of those with diabetes requires such an approach; one person cannot do it all. We believe that diabetes care is best done by a team of professionals with the patient as the captain.”

Dr. Rhinehart is board-certified in Advanced Diabetes Management and was the first physician in the U.S. to gain these credentials. He recently became one of the first physicians to earn distinction as a Certified Diabetes Technology Clinician (CDTC), the highest professional credential that recognizes a physician as an expert in using technology to manage diabetes. He is assisted at the Diabetes Care Center by a staff of certified diabetes educators.

 “It is possible to use technology to fine tune diabetes patient management in ways that were not available just a few years ago,” said Rhinehart. “Including insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, smart phone applications, new blood glucose meters and telemedicine, the array of tools available to help people manage their diabetes is very exciting.”

For more information about the Diabetes Care Center at JMH, call 276-258-3780.

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