HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine recognized with National Award for Clinical Excellence

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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine recently received a National Award for Clinical Excellence from Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. 

The Center received this honor for providing outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. 

“We are pleased to have received this national distinction,” shared St. Elizabeth’s President and CEO Patti Fischer. “The high quality, safe care that our Wound Care Center provides is often life changing for many of the patients that enter its doors. This award is a testament to that excellent care and we congratulate all involved for their dedication and ongoing commitment to our patients.” 

The St. Elizabeth’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers® and provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds.  

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital 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 Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is advanced wound care that increases oxygen to the body, by allowing patients to breathe 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber The increase in oxygen helps to carry nutrients to wounds through the bloodstream and increases circulation, which improves healing in problematic wounds for many patients.

“As a collaborative team, we work hard to make sure that we are providing the best care, and the most effective treatments for our patients. Our goal is to find the cause, heal the wound, and help educate the patient on prevention of wounds and other related health problems.  In working with all departments of the hospital, we can provide comprehensive care for our patients,” said Dr. Bryon Gorton, Medical Director of St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center, member of HSHS Medical Group and certified Wound Specialist Physician. “We very much appreciate receiving this award, but what we really look forward to each and every day is when we are able to release a patient from our care because that means their wound has been healed – that’s why we do what we do.” 

To date, St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center has healed 3092 patient wounds since opening in 2013. “St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center is devoted to healing problem wounds and helping our patients to reclaim the quality of their lives. In fact, we have had great success in healing patients who have been dealing with open wounds for years,” said Jeanette Martineau, RN and Clinical Program Director for St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center. “If you or a loved one is suffering from a wound that has not begun to heal after four weeks with traditional treatment methods, contact St. Elizabeth’s Wound Care Center at 618-234-2120, ext. 32742,” encourages Martineau. “Our compassionate, highly skilled team is ready to help.” A physician referral is not required. 

The Wound Care Centers at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, sister facilities to St. Elizabeth’s, also received this national Center of Distinction Award.