Hackensack University Medical Center’s MOLLY Diabetes Education/Management Center Receives 8th Education Recognition from the American Diabetes Association


Newswise — HACKENSACK, NJ – The MOLLY Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack University Medical Center received its 8th Education Recognition Certificate from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for excellence in diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES). Initially recognized for DSMES excellence in 1993, the MOLLY Center’s most recent recognition is evidence of the center’s ongoing commitment to high-quality diabetes education as a cornerstone of effective diabetes treatment. 

The MOLLY Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children provides adult and pediatric patients with the professional, personalized support and up-to-date services they need to effectively self-manage their diabetes, including classes, support groups, and individual consultations. 

“The education and supportive services provided by the MOLLY Center’s expert staff play a critical role in improving the health and quality of life for New Jersey residents who are living with diabetes,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive of Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president of Population Health for Hackensack Meridian Health. “This ADA recognition underscores Hackensack University Medical Center’s commitment to improving public health and well-being by offering outstanding diabetes care in our community.” 

“The MOLLY Center gives adults and children the evidence-based tools they need to manage their diabetes, helping them to lower their risk of related complications and live longer, healthier lives,” said Dianne Aroh, MS, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, executive vice president and chief clinical and patient care officer of Hackensack University Medical Center. “ADA certification means that our patients receive the most complete, most up-to-date diabetes information and support from highly qualified providers.”  

“This certification is an affirmation that the services provided at the MOLLY Center meet the national standards for diabetes care,” said Colette Knight, M.D., chair of the Diabetes Institutes at Hackensack University Medical Center. “Our team uses the latest research to develop comprehensive management plans that help each of our patients meet their unique diabetes and health goals. 

Participation in the ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate program is voluntary. By achieving ADA DSMES recognition status, the MOLLY Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children has demonstrated that it offers a full range of educational programs that meet or exceed ADA standards and are delivered by a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide patients with comprehensive information about diabetes management. 

“We are proud of our most recent ADA recognition and are honored to provide our patients with comprehensive education and a lifetime of ongoing diabetes support,” said Dionne Dixon, PhD, administrative director of the Diabetes Program at the MOLLY Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children. 

The MOLLY Center’s diabetes self-management programs and educational services are delivered by a team that includes certified diabetes educators who are registered nurses and registered dieticians, advanced practice nurses specializing in diabetes management, and a licensed clinical social worker. The MOLLY Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children staff also work closely with board-certified physicians and endocrinologists to provide patients with optimal diabetes care.

“The MOLLY Center offers a full range of evidence-based diabetes services, including inpatient and outpatient diabetes care, wellness programs, research studies, and diabetes education for adults, children, and families,” said Toni Isabella, RN, CDE, manager of the Diabetes Program at the MOLLY Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children. “Our ADA recognition shows our patients that we are fully prepared to provide them with a better understanding of diabetes — as well as the information, skills, and tools they need to manage it and live life to the fullest.”

For more information, contact Mary McGeever, Hackensack University Medical Center Communications and Public Relations Department, at 551-996-1730 (office), 551-795-1675 (cell) or [email protected]


About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in  colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 26 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.