SANATOGA PA – Debbie Zlomek, RN, CDE, CPT, of Sanatoga, the certified diabetes educator for Pottstown Medical Specialists Inc. (PMSI), on Tuesday (Aug. 21, 2012) was named this year’s Northeast U.S. recipient of the Exceptional Certified Pump Trainer Award presented by Medtronic Inc., a global manufacturer of medical technology equipment.
Medtronic makes insulin pumps and other equipment and therapies to address the needs of patients suffering from diabetes, a potentially life-threatening disease that degrades the body’s ability to regulate sugar in the blood. Its award acknowledged Zlomek’s “hard work and dedication in providing the highest level of patient education and training.”
Zlomek is a certified pump trainer for equipment from several manufacturers, including Medtronic.
Zlomek, who was chosen for the honor from a large field of candidates, is one of only 18,000 nurses, dietitians and other licensed professionals across the country whose knowledge, experience and expertise in educating patients afflicted with diabetes is recognized by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. She also is one of few CDEs working in the greater Philadelphia region solely for family medical practice offices like those of PMSI.
PMSI is a physician-owned multi-specialty group practice with offices in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties, including Sanatoga, Pottstown, Stowe, Royersford, Phoenixville, Collegeville, Trappe, Boyertown and Barto. PMSI’s diabetes education program, which Zlomek helped establish in 2010, is itself accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).
Zlomek has been a registered nurse for eight years. In September 2011 she was named by PMSI as the first recipient of its Quality Award. She is a cum laude graduate with an associate’s degree in applied science from Montgomery County Community College, and earlier attended Muhlenberg College, the State University of New York at Oswego, and Indiana Business College.
Separately, Zlomek also is a professional in human resources (PHR) certified by the national Society for Human Resources (SHRM), and a Pennsylvania public notary. She is a member of both AADE and SHRM. Additionally, she is recognized by the American Heart Association as an instructor of its Basic Life Support and Heartsaver education programs for individuals, healthcare providers and emergency first responders.