SRMC’s Wound Healing Center earns national awards

Ken Larissey, standing, from left, Healogics Area vice president, presented the “Center of Excellence” and “Center of Distinction” awards to members of Salem Regional Medical Center’s administration and Wound Healing Center staff: Anita Hackstedde, M.D., SRMC president/chief executive officer; Bill Webb, LPN; Barb Hirst, RN, BSN, MBA, SRMC vice president of nursing and human resources; Dawn Thomas, RN, BSN, WHC program director; Barb Beck, FOC; Gregory Blasko, D.P.M.; John Madison, M.D.; seated, from left, Michelle Satterfield, RN; Lori Beight, RN; Katie Hicks, RN, WHC clinical manager; and Jamie Chuey, RN, BSN. (Submitted photo)

Salem Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) Wound Healing Center (WHC) has been recognized with the 2016 “Center of Excellence” and “Center of Distinction” awards by Healogics Inc., the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company.

The WHC achieved these prestigious awards for demonstrating continued clinical excellence in wound healing and superior patient satisfaction rates. 2016 marks the fourth consecutive year that the center has received the “Center of Excellence” award and the fifth consecutive year it has earned “Center of Distinction” honors.

“Our number one goal at the Wound Healing Center is to help our patients heal and regain their quality of life,” said Dawn Thomas, RN, BSN, WHC program director.

“These awards represent not only the leading-edge therapies provided at our center, but also the expertise of our physicians and staff to deliver exceptional, compassionate care to the patients we serve. Last year, over 94 percent of patients who came to us with wounds that had not healed in 30 days were discharged from our care fully healed,” she said.

SRMC’s Wound Healing Center was established in 2012 and has since cared for more than 1,800 patients with acute, chronic or non-healing wounds.

The center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other state-of-the-art treatments for these types of wounds, which include diabetic, venous/arterial and pressure ulcers; osteomyelitis; radionecrosis; infections; compromised skin grafts and flaps; insect bites; thermal burns; and wounds that have not healed in 30 days.

For more information about the WHC or to make an appointment call 330-332-7415.

— Submitted material