Inside best practice: Providing care in San Antonio

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, July 30, 2010

Every community has its unique issues, and every community hospital must evolve and react to provide care for those who face those community-specific challenges. In the San Antonio area there is a huge diabetic population due to a number of factors, in part because of diet and poverty.

On the macro scale, University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio, TX, has a diabetic institute, which provides nurses a means for distributing education on diabetes and to work with the community to help improve the diet habits which lead to such a high diabetic population.

“We have a [diabetic] population that is younger than you would find in other parts of the country, but they come in so sick,” says Evelyn Swenson-Britt, MS, RN, clinical research director and MRP project director with UHS.

UHS acts unofficially as the community hospital for the area.

Source: This excerpt is from the July issue of HCPro’s Advisor to the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®. Don’t have a subscription? Take a look at the benefits of becoming a member of HCPro’s Resource Center for the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®.

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