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ACMC Wound Healing Center named Center of Distinction; earns Clinical Excellence Award

Hospital news | Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The ACMC Wound Healing Center was recently named a Center of Distinction for outstanding clinical outcomes and clinical excellence. Wound Healing Center caregivers include (from left, seated): Jeff Tilton, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Technician: Diana Fogaras, RN; (standing) Nurse Manager Angie Parks, RN, BSN, WCC; Melissa Berrey, RN; Wound Healing Center Program Director Connie Shinault, RN, BSN; Infectious Diseases Specialist Olusegun Ogunlesi, MD; Julie Hazeltine, LPN, Dawn Johnson, RN; and Amy Powers, Front Office Coordinator.

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The ACMC Wound Healing Center recently earned the Center of Distinction award a sixth time for outstanding clinical outcomes. The award is given annually by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 92 percent within 28 median days to heal.

Because of such high clinical outcomes, the ACMC Wound Healing Center also earned the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Clinical Excellence Award, placing it in the top 10 percent of eligible Healogics Wound Care Centers. The award is given based on Clinical Excellence measures including Comprehensive Healing Rate weighted by wound mix. This award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former Chief Medical Officer for Healogics.

“At a time when the nation is focused on safe healthcare, it should be reassuring to patients that services like ACMC Wound Healing Center are among the best at what they do,” ACMC Healthcare System President & CEO Michael Habowski said.

ACMC Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network of over 600 Wound Care Centers and provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds.

“Chronic wounds require advanced wound care such as specialized dressings, negative pressure wound therapy, skin substitutes, and hyperbaric oxygenation treatment, said Connie Shinault, RN, BSN, ACMC Wound Healing Center program director. “In addition to leading edge treatments, we have the most knowledgeable and devoted team. I am proud to be part of this group. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible suffering with chronic non healing wounds.”

ACMC Wound Healing Center treats more than 500 new patients per year in the community. During its eleven years of caring for wound patients, it has received the following awards: Center of Distinction (6), Excellence award (4), Presidents Circle (1) and Center of the Year NE Region (1). The care team includes Medical Director Olusegun Ogunlesi, MD, six more providers, five nurses, a certified hyperbaric oxygen therapy technician, and support staff. The ACMC Wound Healing Center is celebrating its 11th anniversary this month.

“These awards reflect the dedication and quality care given by the ACMC Wound Healing Center team, but more importantly show 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.

The 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. Leading edge treatments at the Center include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The ACMC Wound Healing Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen to help progress the healing of the wound. During the non-invasive procedure, patients receive treatment relaxing on a bed encased 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. To learn more, 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 350,000 patients received advanced wound care through a nationwide network of over 600 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.