Three UTHCT doctors recognized for providing quality diabetes care; UTHCT nurse certified in professional development

Friday, January 27, 2006

Three physicians at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have been recognized by two national medical associations for providing quality care to their patients with diabetes. In addition, Donna Walker, RN, a UTHSCT nurse educator, recently received board certification in Nursing Professional Development.

The physicians are Dr. Thomas Belt, Jr., medical director for clinical affairs;
Dr. Kent Davis, director of the Center for Healthy Aging; and Dr. David Shafer, director of the Center for Diabetes Care.

The Diabetes Provider Recognition Program, a joint initiative of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), selected them.

The program was established to improve the quality of care for people with diabetes by recognizing physicians who deliver excellent diabetes care. When people with diabetes receive quality care, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin. An estimated 17 million residents of the United States have diabetes. It is the fifth leading cause of death by disease in the United States.

Walker received her board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. To be certified, she completed 4,000 hours of continuing education in nursing professional development. Walker, who has a Bachelor of Science in nursing, is one of only 1,310 NPD-certified nurses in the United States.

She is certified as a basic life support training center instructor, a pediatric advanced life support instructor, and an advanced cardiac life support provider. Walker, who has been with UTHSCT for 12 years, also has served as a clinical research coordinator for the Center for Clinical Research and a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. She has been a nurse educator in the Nursing Education and Research Department since 2002.

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