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Innovation

We will constantly challenge ourselves and the way we approach patient care and service excellence; but rather than automatically accepting what's new for its own sake, we will carefully evaluate the latest technologies and cutting-edge clinical practices and readily adopt them once proven, along with pursuing quality and safety initiatives that lead to optimal patient care.

Community Benefit ReportEXAMPLE

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The Chester County Hospital has supported and expanded its Diabetes Self-Management Program over the past 25 years. The program is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Over the years, the program has grown in concert with the alarming increase of diagnosed diabetes within the community, as well as with the many advances in diabetes care technology and pharmacology. The program is staffed by a dedicated team who provide basic and intensive diabetes management classes and individual visits, insulin pump management, continuous glucose monitoring, medical nutrition therapy and ongoing free monthly support meetings. The outpatient program reaches into the surrounding area in multiple and creative ways by providing educational seminars on diabetes awareness, reversing pre-diabetes and by offering an annual Diabetes Day for individuals living with diabetes.

The outpatient component of the Diabetes Self-Management Program is complemented by the inpatient diabetes education, which is supported by an innovative technology workflow to identify and treat patients with diabetes after being admitted to any unit in the Hospital. If you are admitted to The Chester County Hospital and report a history of diabetes, or if you are identified as having risk factors for the disease during the course of your care, our medical technology system automatically alerts the physician to order a Hemoglobin A1c test, which indicates whether your blood glucose level is under control. If it's not, then your care is tailored to bring the diabetes under control during your stay and beyond.

Sustainability
The expenses of the program are allocated within the Hospital budget. The annual DASH 4 Diabetes raises, on average, $45,000 to offset expenses. There are additional donations from civic groups, individuals and sponsorships for the yearly Diabetes Day event, which collectively add an average of $6,000. The remaining gap is subsidized by the Hospital.


Published: The Chester County Hospital and Health System Community Benefit Report FY2012

Last Updated: 11/27/2012