Wound Care Centered Honored

Wound Care Centered Honored
Wound Care Center team members, pictured from left, include Andrea Kroger, Jo-Anna Schanno, Brenda Marino, Chante Walker-Beckett, Daniel Hakeem, Dr. Diane Ceruzzi, Babette Pennay, Kim Florek, Bonnie Bass, Mary Mullins and Geri Rosol. Submitted Photo

BERLINAtlantic General Hospital announced its Wound Care Center recently became a nine-time recipient of the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award, the only wound care center in the United States to do so.

To be awarded the Center of Excellence, a wound care center must excel in two of three key performance indicators for quality and patient satisfaction over a two-year period. Atlantic General Hospital’s Wound Care Center excelled in all three.

Those performance indicators are patient satisfaction rates greater than 92 percent; a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal; and outliers (those patient cases whose results fall well outside normal parameters) of less than 19 percent.

The Wound Care Center at Atlantic General Hospital achieved patient satisfaction of 96 percent, with a heal rate of 94.77 percent in 21 median days. Their outliers were just 6.98 percent.

The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former chief medical officer for Healogics.

“Atlantic General Hospital had the foresight to open a wound center ten years ago, knowing diabetes and heart disease in Worcester County is higher than both national and state statistics.  Both diseases can contribute to debilitating wounds,” said Colleen Wareing, vice president of patient care services at Atlantic General Hospital. “Today, with the efforts of many partners, Worcester County is improving in overall health.

“Our wound center is still greatly needed, however, until we can, as a community, eliminate diseases through prevention, earlier identification, and treatment. I am so proud of the team of associates who have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes for ten straight years,” Wareing said.

The Wound Care Center at Atlantic General Hospital is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers®, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds.

The Wound Care 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. Advanced treatments included negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

“We pride ourselves in providing patient-centered care and being quality focused. By putting the patient first, and utilizing evidence-based pathways for chronic wound healing, our wound care team has consistently achieved distinction as a wound center of excellence,” said Geri Rosol, director of the Wound Care Center.