Kathy McCarthy, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), discusses educational material available to diabetic patients with Ari S. Eckman, MD, Chief, Division

of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. Both agree that education is a key to heightening awareness of diabetes in the community, especially among teens and those aged 30 – 50.

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US News recognizes program led by Johns Hopkins-educated physician

In its annual rating, U.S. News Media & World Report gave Trinitas Regional Medical Center its top "Best Hospital" ranking in Diabetes and Endocrinology for 2011-2012. The rankings, published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, are available online at

The latest rankings by U.S. News showcase 720 hospitals out of 4,825 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area. Trinitas ranked in the top 50 hospitals among the 184 hospitals in the metro area that includes New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and northern New Jersey.

The Diabetes Management Center is one of 10 Centers of Excellence at Trinitas Regional Medical Center. The program is headed by Ari S. Eckman, MD, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. Dr. Eckman came to Trinitas from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland where he completed his fellowship in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism from July, 2007 until June, 2010. Holding memberships in The American Diabetes Association, The Endocrine Society, The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Medical Association, Dr. Eckman has also been published in several medical journals and has made presentations at medical conferences in the United States and abroad.

According to Dr. Eckman, "This recognition is gratifying because it highlights the growing impact of diabetes on the community we serve. Nationally, diabetes affects more than 25 million people – over 8 percent of the entire population. As our citizens grow heavier and more sedentary, the incidence of diabetes is sure to increase unless we dramatically heighten diabetes awareness, education, prevention and control efforts." He explained that diabetes affects people of all ages, and is the leading cause of kidney failure and blindness. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke if left untreated.

"This is a richly deserved recognition for Dr. Eckman and the fine staff of our Diabetes Management Center," explained Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinitas Regional Medical Center. "They have demonstrated that they have the skills, talent and expertise to reach the top of their field. Our patients and our community are the beneficiaries," he added.

Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor, explained that the regional hospital rankings cover the 94 metro areas in the U.S., and include those with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

"These are hospitals we call 'high performers.' They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures," Comarow said. "Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals."

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties, according to Comarow. Survival rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data are included in the rankings. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The Diabetes Management Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center helps individuals learn how to control and manage their diabetes. The Center is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association for its high quality education program. The professional staff is comprised of registered nurses and registered dietitians, who are also certified diabetes educators and certified insulin pump trainers. For more information about the Diabetes Management Center at Trinitas Regional Medical Center please call 908-994-5502.


About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: July 29, 2011

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