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Queen of the Valley "Diabetes Wellness Program" Earns Special Recognition


(Napa, CA) - The Queen of the Valley Medical Center Diabetes Wellness Program (DWP) was recently recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) through their contractor, Iowa Foundations for Medical Care (IFMC) for its excellent performance.

The IFMC recognized the Queen’s DWP based on a recent, random assessment of diabetes wellness programs throughout California. As a Recognized Education Program with both the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association, the DWP is required to uphold national standards established by these organizations - when accredited with one or both.

Michael C. Merwin, M.D., Chair of the QVMC Medical Staff Quality Council said, "As chair of the Medical Staff Quality Council, may I congratulate you on the recent favorable audit. They were quite impressed, stating that ‘your program is fully meeting standards’ and that ‘documentation revealed a strong collaboration between physicians and the instructional staff.’ Further, they noted, ‘Your participants are fortunate to have such qualified educators working with them’."

"We were thrilled that the CMS was impressed with our program and particularly with the performance of our educators," said Nita Durham, Program Coordinator - Queen of the Valley Diabetes Wellness Program. "As our nation ages and struggles with a growing problem of obesity, diabetes has become an increasingly prevalent health issue. At the Queen of the Valley DWP we are continually exploring new and more effective ways to help our clients prevent or reduce the severity of diabetes problems. I want to thank our instructors for the important and very effective services they provide for our Napa neighbors and surrounding areas."

For more information on the Queen of the Valley Diabetes Wellness Program please call Nita Durham at (707) 251-1302.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, and many other specialty services. Information about Queen of the Valley can be found at

Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

For a free physician referral call 1-877-QUEEN LINE (1-877-783-3654) or visit

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