Diabetes association honors Belfast doctor

Posted Nov. 04, 2009, at 12:16 a.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Dr. Linda Tyer of Waldo County General Hospital’s Diabetes Services has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association and the National Committee for Quality Assurance for providing quality care to people affected with diabetes.

The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing the physicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other physicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care, according to a news release from the hospital.

To receive recognition, Tyer had to submit data demonstrating that she meets the program’s key diabetes care measures such as eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications, such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.