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ACMC Wound Healing Center earns fifth Clinical Excellence award

Hospital news | Thursday, August 29, 2019

ACMC’s Wound Healing Center earned its fifth Clinical Excellence award recently. Wound Healing Center caregivers and physicians include (from left, front) Vascular Specialist Sang Won Dacri-Kim, MD; Infectious Diseases Specialist Olusegun Ogunlesi, MD; Podiatric Specialist Michelle Dunbar, DPM; (back) Jeff Tilton, CHT;Trista Dodrill, LPN; ACMC Hospitalist Brian Dlugos, PA; Angie Parks, RN, WCC; Wound Healing Program Director Connie Shinault RN, BSN; ACMC Hospitalist Dirk McKnight, MD; Julie Hazeltine, LPN; Dawn Johnston, RN; Wound Healing Office Coordinator Jacqueline Rexford; Melissa Berrey, RN; and Diana Fogaras, RN.

Ashtabula County Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center has received the Healogics, Center of Distinction award for 2018. The Center of Distinction Award is given by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. It is the fifth time the Wound Healing Center has earned the Center of Distinction title.

“Clinical excellence starts with our caregivers and this award reflects the dedication our ACMC Wound Healing Center physicians, nurses, and other caregivers have for our patients,” said ACMC President and CEO Michael Habowski. “For 10 years, the Wound Healing Center has provided exceptional, personalized care focused on achieving the best outcomes for patients and their quality of life.”

The ACMC Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers® and provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. ACMC Wound Healing Center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds, which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.

Connie Shinault, RN, ACMC Wound Healing Center program director, said, “We have an outstanding team of caregivers and I am proud to be part of this group. In addition to leading edge treatments we have the most knowledgeable and devoted team.”

The team consists of Medical Director Olusegun Ogunlesi, MD, nine more providers, five nurses, a certified hyperbaric oxygen therapy technician, and support staff.

The ACMC Wound Healing Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. It has received the following awards: Center of Distinction (5), Center of Excellence (3), Presidents Circle (1) and Center of the Year NE Region (1).

“These awards reflect the dedication and quality care given by our Wound Healing Center team, but more importantly a consistent focus on our patients. They really do become a part of our family and we love continuing those relationships for years to come,” Shinault said.

With state-of-the-art equipment and specialized wound care, ACMC Wound Healing Center takes a leading role battling a growing healthcare crisis. Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the US and the number is expected to increase by two percent annually over the next decade. The rising incidence of chronic wounds can also be correlated to obesity, vascular disease, an aging population and radiation treatment side-effects which are often underlying causes.

ACMC Wound Healing Center provided specialized care for nearly 600 patients in 2018. The advanced treatments available at the Center include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bio-engineered skin substitutes, advanced dressings and growth factor therapies. Another advanced therapy offered by ACMC Wound Healing Center is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. During the non-invasive procedure, patients receive treatment relaxing on a bed incased in a large see-through plastic shell as they are surrounded by 100 percent oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen medicine may be used to treat wounds related to more than one dozen conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, compromised skin grafts and skin flaps and some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia.ACMC’s Wound Healing Center is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learnore about ACMC’s Wound Healing Center, visit www.acmchealth.org/services/wound-healing-center or call 440-994-7540.

About Healogics

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s wound healing expert. Last year over 330,000 patients received advanced wound care through a nationwide network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers®. The Healogics team is made up of almost 3,000 employees, 4,000 affiliated physicians and a Healogics Specialty Physician practice group of nearly 300. In addition to the company’s network of outpatient Centers, Healogics partners with over 300 skilled nursing facilities to care for patients with chronic wounds, and provides inpatient consults at more than 80 partner hospitals. As the industry leader, Healogics has the largest repository of chronic wound-specific patient data in the country. The Healogics Wound Science Initiative, an effort launched in 2017 to provide peer-reviewed research, recognizes the value and relevance of big data and advanced analytics to drive continuous, collaborative learning towards a better understanding of how to efficiently utilize healthcare resources for patients with wounds. For additional information, please visit Healogics.com.