Alton Memorial Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center staff gather with the hospital’s senior leadership to celebrate the Center of Distinction award, including (front row, from left) registered nurses Kathy Kliefoth and Kary Holliday; Dr. Valinda Allen, medical director; Tammy Miller, front office coordinator; Tonya Ballard, safety director; (second row, from left) registered nurse Jana Lybarger; Erin Vehige, Wound Care Center consultant; Dave Braasch, AMH president; Susan Koesterer, AMH finance director; Erica Brown, clinical nurse manager; licensed professional nurse Rayne Wills; and registered nurse Kathy Ridenhour; (back row, from left), Matt Flick, program director; Bryan Hartwick, AMH Human Resources; Debbie Turpin, vice president of Clinical Care Services; Rusty Ingram, director of business development; registered nurse Bernice Smith; Dr. Olusegun Coker; Dr. Jacob Lamb; and Brad Goacher, vice president of operations. Not pictured is Dr. Krista Nelson.
ALTON — Alton Memorial Hospital physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently to celebrate the Center of Distinction Award given to the AMH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center by Healogics Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.
The center has achieved outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction of 96 percent, a minimum 94 percent wound healing rate within 21 median days to heal, and other quality outcomes.
There were 512 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award in 2015, and only 221 achieved the honor. The AMH Wound Care Center has earned the award five out of the eight years it was eligible to win — the most in the Midwest.
The center is a member of Healogics, a network of more than 708 centers that provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating more than 2.5 million chronic wounds. Since 2005, the center has offered specialized wound care to patients with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
“Our Wound Care Center heals chronic wounds of patients who might otherwise experience an amputation or other life-threatening conditions,” said Dave Braasch, president of Alton Memorial Hospital. “We are proud to provide this specialized and needed service to our community.”
“We’re honored, “said Dr. Valinda Allen, medical director for the AMH Wound Care Center. “It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the hospital, physicians and Healogics. Together, we are able to heal patients in our community, getting them get back to living happy, healthy lives.”
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