Registered Dietitian at Affinity Medical Group elected to the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE)
12 / 15 / 2009
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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MENASHA, Wis. - Rosalyn Haase, RD, CD, CDE, MPH, BC-ADM, Registered Dietitian at Affinity Medical Group, has recently been elected to the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). The NCBDE recognizes and advances the specialty practice of diabetes education through the development, maintenance and protection of the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential and the certification process.
The purpose of the NCBDE program is to conduct certification activities in a manner that upholds standards for competent practice in diabetes self-management education. The CDE credential demonstrates that the certified health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality care for persons with diabetes.
Certification is a voluntary process used to assess and validate qualified health care professionals. Applicants who achieve certification demonstrate that they meet rigorous eligibility requirements. Certification is not required by law for employment in the field, although some agencies may use board certification as a basis for employment, job promotions, salary increases or other considerations.
NCBDE is not a membership organization. This Board elects its directors from a slate of nominees prepared by a Nominating Committee.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.