Wound Care Advantage(TM) Gains National Headlines
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What we didn't realize was the impact of WCAâ„¢ on the lives of patients throughout the United States.
According to a story in the October 25th edition of the Wall Street Journal, patients in need of wound care treatment are choosing WCAâ„¢ facilities for their care in record numbers nationwide.
Actually, the prevalence of WCAâ„¢ centers and their role in the betterment of the lives for hundreds of thousands of wound care patients all over the country came as no surprise to the WCAâ„¢ at ACH team.
â€œWe are witness, every day, to the success of wound care treatment and the positive impact it has on patients and their family members,â€ said Paul Hudzik, DO. He is a Vascular Surgeon and also the Medical Director of the WCAâ„¢ program at ACH.
â€œThis is precisely why we entered this affiliation with WCAâ„¢; we identified a need to help those in our community suffering from chronic wounds related to diabetes and other diseases/health issues. The fact that we have such a hands-on role in the healing of so many is, quite simply, the reason we are here: to provide compassionate, dignified care of the body, mind and spirit of each one of our patients,â€ said Kerry Swanson, RN, CNA, BC and Sr. VP of Operations at ACH.
Wound care refers to treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds that can be associated with infection, diabetes, radiation, arterial or venous disease and post surgical sites. Treatment encompasses a multidisciplinary approach to healing that often includes hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), at which the ACH staff is specially trained and highly proficient.
WCAâ„¢ at ACH has outcomes that average 99% as compared with those of other programs that range between 87-88%. The typical goal outcome is 90%, which means the ACH program is 12% higher than the national outcome average. The specialized staff of Wound Care professionals at WCAâ„¢ is supported by the strength of ACH, a fully-accredited Joint Commission hospital that offers the compassionate, integrative care that only a Planetree hospital can provide and buoyed by an almost 90% board-certified physician component, WCAâ„¢ at ACH is the obvious choice for anyone in the region seeking wound care treatments.
And the word is spreading.
â€œIn our six months of operation alone, we have healed 60 chronic wounds with an average of 37 days to heal our patients. That may not seem like a lot, but to a patient who has had a wound for 20 years; one wound healed is a miracle. In fact, we're seeing so many patients that we had to recently expand our facility; a dilemma we are only too happy to accommodate,â€ said Melissa Loudon, program director of the WCAâ„¢ ACH program.
â€œWe're entirely committed to growing our clinic. We will never stop working to improve our quality of care â€“ and the quality of life for so many local people,â€ said Swanson.