May 24, 2012
For the third year in a row, Fort HealthCare received the prestigious ‘Center of Distinction’ award from Healogics, formerly Diversified Clinical Services, the nation’s leading wound care management company.
Benchmarks to achieve Center of Distinction status include: Attaining greater than 90 percent patient satisfaction, Fort HealthCare’s was 94 percent; total days to heal must be under 30 days, Fort HealthCare’s was 25 days; and healing outcomes must be over 89 percent, Fort HealthCare achieved 97 percent.
The Wound & Edema Center has achieved success in treating and curing chronic or non-healing wounds, with hyperbaric and other proven medical techniques not available in many general practitioners’ offices, for hundreds of patients since opening in September 2008. The clinic is one of over 300 Healogic-affiliated clinics in the United States, but one of only a handful to have received this award in a clinic’s first year of operation, which it did in 2010.
“This is a team effort on all levels: professional, personal, organizational,” said Robert Goldman, MD, medical director of the clinic. He added, “Without our skilled clinicians, dedicated staff and committed patients, this would not be possible.”
Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes and other diseases; populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase. Many are suffering from chronic and non-healing wounds, a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impair quality of life.
When wounds resist conventional treatment, a specialized approach is required for healing. The Wound & Edema Center generally admits these wound patients immediately, working with referring physicians to determine the most effective course of treatment. The outpatient comprehensive service offers advanced healing therapies often unavailable in primary care offices. These services use an interdisciplinary approach to treatment involving a variety of therapies and techniques, including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes and patient education.
For individuals with chronic, non-healing wounds, more information is available online at FortHealthCare.com/Wound. Patients can self-refer to the Wound & Edema Center, but are encouraged to discuss this option with their physician. To learn more, please call the clinic at (920) 699-4245.
Left to Right: Kay Wipperfurth, Fort HealthCare vice president ancillary and support services, Kim Kirschbaum, Healogics area vice president, Dan Greenley, Healogics senior vice president, Mike Wallace, Fort HealthCare president and CEO.