St. Joseph’s/Candler Earns Full Recognition For Prediabetes Management

Aug 19, 2019

Recognition from the CDC achieved by only 6 other providers in the state

The Center for Diabetes Management at St. Joseph’s/Candler has received full recognition from the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP). Through national quality standards and outcomes, the DPRP awards recognition through its National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC recognition means that St. Joseph’s/Candler has achieved outcomes proven to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes in those at high risk. Only six other providers in the state of Georgia have achieved full recognition status.

“This recognition from the CDC reflects the high standards of care we have long been providing to those living with diabetes and prediabetes,” said Emily Parks, manager of the St. Joseph’s/Candler Diabetes Management Center. “This isn’t just an award for our program. This recognition means that many of our patients will now have their visits covered by their insurance and not have to pay out of pocket.”

People with prediabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with prediabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years. However, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs such as those provided by St. Joseph’s/Candler can help people prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and improve their overall health.

SJ/C’s Center for Diabetes Management offers PreventT2, a lifestyle change program in which participants learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. PreventT2, which is part of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, is based on research that showed that people with prediabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.


About St. Joseph’s/Candler:

St. Joseph’s/Candler is a 714-bed, Magnet-designated facility for nursing excellence, with a focus on the latest technologies and research. It is anchored by St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital. Its comprehensive network includes centers of excellence for neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, orthopedics, pulmonary medicine and a variety of other disease specialties. SJ/C's Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion has been selected to be part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the NCI Community Oncology Research Program. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital is a not-for-profit health system serving 33 counties in southeast Georgia and three in the South Carolina Low Country and is the largest and only faith-based institution in the region. For more information, visit

About the National Diabetes Prevention Program:

The CDC-led National DPP is a partnership of public and private organizations working together to build the infrastructure for nationwide delivery of an evidence-based lifestyle change program for adults with prediabetes to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes. The National DPP lifestyle change program is founded on the science of the Diabetes Prevention Program research study, and several translation studies that followed, which showed that making modest behavior changes helped people with prediabetes lose 5% to 7% of their body weight and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% (71% for people over 60 years old).

CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) is the quality assurance arm of the National DPP. Through the DPRP, CDC awards recognition to program delivery organizations that are able to meet national standards and achieve the outcomes proven to prevent or delay onset of type 2 diabetes. For more information, visit

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