Margaret Koch, RN, BS, Achieves Renewal of Certified Diabetes Educator Status

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE)recently announced that Margaret Koch, RN, BS, CDE, Diabetes Educator at Pekin Hospital, has renewed the Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) status by successfully completing the continuing education renewal option process.

Candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be eligible for certification.  Achieving the CDE® credential demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, there are over 17,800 diabetes educators who hold NCBDE certification.

In 1993, Koch established the outpatient diabetes program at Pekin Hospital with a multidisciplinary team of professionals.  She has maintained CDE® status since 1995. 

Pekin Hospital offers group classes and individual counseling in diabetes self-management and medical nutrition therapy related to diabetes.  For more information, please call (309) 353-0719.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health
professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease.  NCBDE’s mission is to define, develop, maintain and protect the certification and credentialing process to promote quality diabetes education.  With the CDE® program, NCBDE recognizes and advances the specialty practice of diabetes education. NCBDE supports the concept of voluntary, periodic certification for all diabetes educators who meet credential and experience eligibility requirements.  For more information, visit the website at or call the national office at 877-239-3233.


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