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6/22/10: Emerson’s Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine earns “Center of Distinction” recognition

Emerson Hospital’s Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine recently received the Center of Distinction award in recognition of its high patient satisfaction rates, exceptional healing results, and outstanding clinical outcomes over the past twelve months.  This prestigious honor was awarded by the Center's partner in wound healing, Diversified Clinical Services (DCS), the nation's leading wound care management company. 

The Wound Care Center has achieved success in treating and curing chronic or non-healing wounds and in providing excellent care to more than 930 patients since the Center's opening in 2007.

“DCS brings to our hospital's Wound Care Center enormous resources and expertise, enabling us to meet the increasing need for specialized wound care,” said Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital. “We are thrilled to accept this award and proud to offer this quality Center to our community."

Emerson chose to partner with DCS to ensure quality in providing specialized treatments. Patients at the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine suffer from chronic and non-healing wounds—a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life.  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. 

Non-healing wounds of the diabetic foot are considered one of the most significant complications of diabetes, representing a major worldwide medical, social, and economic burden that greatly affects patient quality of life. Almost 24 million Americans—one in every 12—are diabetic and the disease is causing widespread disability and death at an epidemic pace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Of those with diabetes, 6.5 million are estimated to suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds. 

The Center generally admits these wound patients immediately, working with referring physicians to determine the most effective course of treatment. This 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.  When wounds persist and resist conventional treatment, a specialized approach is required for healing.

DCS-managed Wound Care Centers® effectively utilize hyperbaric oxygen therapy to heal more than 35,000 diabetic wounds each year. Emerson Hospital’s Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine offers two hyperbaric chambers. Systemic hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used to assist wound healing for more than 40 years, and is used as an adjunctive treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria. 

“We’re so honored to receive this recognition,” said Wendy Slabodnick, RN, director of the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine.  “It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the hospital and Diversified Clinical Services.  Together, we are able to heal patients in our community, getting them back to living happy, healthy lives.”

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton, Westford, and Maynard.  The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns.