May 21st, 2024

This month, Mahaska Health achieved a significant milestone by receiving the Education Recognition award from the American Diabetes Association.

On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, Health Care & Education President, Patti Urbasnki, and Committee on Education Recognition Chair, Michelle Stancil, recently sent Mahaska Health award letters to recognize the Diabetes Self-Management Services at Mahaska Health. Lea Rice, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist at Mahaska Health, holds this new recognition from April 22, 2024, to May 22, 2028.

With a focus on education and empowerment, Mahaska Health service professionals Lea Rice (RD, LDN, CDCES), and Nicole Palmquist (RDN, LD), have been dedicated to equipping patients with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complexities of diabetes self-care effectively.

“The American Diabetes Association is pleased to award Education Recognition to your program. Adherence to the National Standards has undoubtedly improved the education provided to people with diabetes,” wrote Health Care and Education President, Patti Urbanski, in the award letter. “We are confident that those you serve appreciate your effort, commitment, and success in providing quality diabetes education.”

Receiving the Education Recognition award from the American Diabetes Association is a testament to Mahaska Health’s unwavering dedication to enhancing the lives of those affected by diabetes. This esteemed recognition signifies their adherence to the high standards set by the ADA, ensuring that patients receive the highest quality of diabetes education and support. More information on the Diabetes program can be found at

Mahaska Health Awarded Education Recognition for Diabetes Self-Management Program 1

Pictured (left to right): Nicole Palmquist (RDN, LD), and Lea Rice (RD, LDN, CDCES).

About Mahaska Health:

Mahaska Health is committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care, state-of-the-art facilities, and outstanding healthcare to Oskaloosa, surrounding communities, and the southeast Iowa region. With a caring and compassionate team of professionals, Mahaska Health is a physician and nurse-led hospital dedicated to the health and well-being of the communities we serve with kindness and empathy.