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“PinnacleHealth does the right things and does them well for diabetes.”

-Jean Range, Executive Director Disease Specific Care Certification

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Through an institution-wide diabetes clinical initiative, PinnacleHealth has improved patient care for individuals with diabetes. This initiative focuses on controlling blood sugar levels, which results in shorter lengths of stay and reduces the risk of complications. Since 2002 PinnacleHealth has steadily closed the gap to get patients’ blood sugar levels down to 110 for the intensive care unit (ICU) and below 150 for the remainder of the nursing units.

We are proud to say that PinnacleHealth was the first hospital in the state of Pennsylvania to receive the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission (TJC) for improving care of diabetic patients in the hospital. This demonstrates our commitment to excellence in providing disease-specific care.

The Data and Outcomes

  • Our blood sugar control is ranked among the top 10 percent of all hospitals when compared with data across the country. Our ICU is ranked second in the nation. 
  • Our low blood sugar rate is lower than the nationwide average: 1 percent in our ICU compared to 5 percent nationwide.
  • Because of our good blood sugar control, our diabetic patients are discharged much sooner, which decreases the chance of infection.
  • Our bypass population blood sugar is very tightly controlled in the hospital to improve sternal wound infections. We have not had a deep sternal wound infection since 2010.
  • Our transplant population has better outcomes due to better blood glucose control. We have had zero surgical site infections among these patients since 2008.
  • We have standardized our care of patients coming for surgery so their blood sugar does not increase after surgery. We are successful in keeping our average blood sugar to less than 180 before and after surgery.
  • Our perioperative blood glucose management program recieved national recognition and was published in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.