Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

Glens Falls Hospital, Inc.

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

July 2013

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 1, 2008 – June 8, 2011


The prevalence of diabetes in adults in New York State’s Adirondack region is disproportionately higher than the State’s overall rate.

The percentage of adults who reported receiving an HbA1c test in the region is also significantly lower than the statewide average. Glens Falls Hospital, a community hospital with multiple primary care practice sites in the Adirondack region, sought to address these issues through its diabetes registry project. In January 2008, NYHealth awarded Glens Falls Hospital a grant to implement a Web-based diabetes registry at six of its twelve primary care sites to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of care provided to its patients with diabetes. Glens Falls Hospital also planned to develop a menu of resources and support programs to help patients self-manage their condition.

NYHealth funded this project through its 2007 Setting the Standard: Advancing Best Practices in Diabetes Management request for proposals.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Selected DocSite, a Web-based registry, to establish disease registries throughout its family health centers;
  • Incorporated certified diabetes educators and nutritionists into primary care practices;
  • Instituted a community outreach component designed to bring services closer to patients through self-management workshops and diabetes education classes offered at family health centers and other easily accessible community locations;
  • Submitted nine applications for National Committee for Quality Assurance diabetes recognition, of which six achieved recognition; and
  • Entered patient data into a registry at four sites, but the grantee questioned the reliability of the data. Working with an outside evaluator, Glens Falls Hospital re-analyzed its data for three sites, including three months post-completion data, and found evidence of some improvement in one or more outcome measures for the two sites that had a minimum of twelve months of data.

Read the report associated with this grant, “Setting the Standard: A Foundation Initiative to Advance Best Practices in Diabetes Management.”