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Pender Mercy Clinic Physician Assistant Honored for Quality Diabetes Care
Start Date
06/14/2011
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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has announced that Jeffrey L Munderloh, PA-C, has received recognition from the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing quality care to their patients with diabetes. Munderloh practices at the Pender Mercy Medical Clinic in Pender, Nebraska.

Designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing physicians who deliver quality diabetes care, the NCQA/ADA recognition program also seeks to motivate other physicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care.

To receive such recognition, which is valid for three years, Munderloh submitted data that demonstrates performance that meets the program’s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, foot exams, nephropathy assessment, lipid profiles, tobacco status and counseling referral, and blood pressure tests, among others. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

“For a person with diabetes, the right physician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,” says Dr. Robert A. Rizza, president of the American Diabetes Association. “Physicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care. These physicians are on a list of recognized doctors that is the first place to look if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes.”

Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City and its affiliated clinics across northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska have taken a leadership role in diabetes care. The Pender Mercy Medical Clinic, part of the Mercy Diabetes Education Program, gives people with diabetes the knowledge, skills and tools they need to successfully manage their diabetes and avoid many of the complications associated with the disease.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes; it is the sixth-leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and it has no cure.

To make an appointment with either Munderloh, call the Pender Mercy Medical Clinic at (402) 385-3033.

For more information, contact:
Jim Wharton, Director of Marketing and Communications (712) 279-2732
Dianne Krier, Mercy Marketing and Communications Coordinator (712) 279-5682
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