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SIUH Physicians Receive National Recognition for Diabetes Care

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Contact: Christian Preston at 718-226-2489

Left to right: Drs. Jeffrey Sosinsky, Mario
Castellanos, Garbis Dabaghian and Vladimir Kozahinskiy.
Left to right: Drs. Eugene Holuka and David Brandt.

6 SIUH Physicians Receive National Recognition for Providing Quality Diabetes Care


Staten Island, NY, October 14, 2012 – “When people with diabetes receive high quality care, they are less likely to suffer the severe complications of the disease: amputation, blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke," said Matthew G. Weeks, M.D., medical director, Ambulatory Services at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). Providing SIUH patients with this level of care has earned national recognition for David Brandt, MD; Mario Castellanos, MD; Garbis Dabaghian, MD; Eugene Holuka, MD; Vladimir Kozahinskiy, MD and Jeffrey Sosinsky, MD. The award was announced in May by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Associations (ADA).

To be eligible, the doctors first had to submit documentation outlining levels of clinical performance in key areas including eye exams, blood pressure control, nutrition counseling and patient satisfaction.

Those acknowledged received three-year recognition from the NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program, a partnership of the ADA and the NCQA. The program incentivizes quality improvement in the clinical care of diabetes as well as documentation.

"Physicians who earn recognition from the program have established a track record of providing excellent diabetes care,” explained Dr. Weeks. The disease affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin needed for blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans suffer from diabetes. The disease has no cure and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. “This makes managing the disease all the more crucial for diabetes patients,” explained Dr. Weeks.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide-range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy.

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