The National Certification for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Marie T. Niemeyer, registered dietician at Pike County Memorial Hospital, has renewed her Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) status by successfully completing the rigorous renewal process.
“Diabetes touches many people in Pike County, and advice from a certified diabetes educator can improve lives,” said Lorraine Harness, PCMH administrator. “We are pleased to provide this service to our county.”
Dieticians must meet tough requirements to be eligible for certification. Achieving the CDE® credential demonstrates to people with diabetes that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, which increases the quality of care for people with diabetes.
Niemeyer, who is from Bowling Green, has worked at PCMH as the director of food services for two years and provides diabetic counseling, in addition to instruction at the monthly Diabetic Support Group. Those group meetings are held at the hospital on the first Wednesday of each month.
“I’m glad to give back to the community by helping those who deal daily with the challenges of this disease,” she said.
NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health care professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. Through the development, maintenance, and protection of the certification process and the CDE® credential, NCBDE recognizes and advances the specialty practice of diabetes education. NCBDE supports the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all diabetes educators who meet credential and experience eligibility requirements.