Baptist Center for Wound Care recognized nationally
April 8, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Award highlights quality outcomes for wound healing
The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville is being recognized with a national award for its outstanding care.
Physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered Wednesday to celebrate the Center of Distinction Award, provided by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Baptist Jacksonville achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal, and other quality outcomes. There were 506 centers eligible nationally for the Center of Distinction award, but only 172 achieved the honor.
“We strive for the best outcomes for our patients, and to provide our community with the highest-quality care possible,” said Michael Mayo, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. “Receiving this award for distinction is a testament to the hard work and compassionate care our team consistently provides to the patients we serve.”
Michael W. Lusko, DO, FACEP, UHM, medical director of the Baptist Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, said he is pleased the center is being recognized for the dedication and hard work of its team members."I have seen firsthand the impact a non-healing wound can have on a patient’s daily life," Dr. Lusko said. "Our goal is to heal their wound, relieve their pain, and prevent the need for amputation. We are able to heal chronic wounds faster using the most advanced treatments and technology. Our evidence-based guidelines allow us to understand the cause of a chronic wound, why it’s not healing and provide a detailed plan of care leading to strong, positive healing outcomes."
The Baptist Jacksonville center is a member of the Healogics Network of more than 635 Centers, and provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating more than two million chronic wounds. The 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 include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
“The clinic saw many changes and process improvements in 2014,” said Pam Gammons, Healogics program director for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Baptist Jacksonville. “An award for such high-quality outcomes speaks to the superb team of professionals at the clinic who truly care about their patients. It is an honor to be part of this team that has worked together to achieve this award.”
“The many changes and process improvements were instituted by entering a collaborative relationship with Healogics; Michelle MacDonald, Baptist Health nursing director; and myself,” added Nancy Marlett, Baptist Health nurse manager. “Together we joined forces to reorganize the department resulting in a superb mix of staff and aligned processes resulting in the center acquiring this impressive recognition.”
Vincent Lhotka, 53, of Jacksonville, who is in the heavy equipment rental and sales business, was close to losing his right foot after a forklift injury. He had a couple of surgeries and received treatment at the wound center at Baptist Jacksonville, including using the hyperbaric oxygen therapy and having his wound cleaned and skin rejuvenated. He was in a wheelchair but now is walking with a cane and his foot was saved.
“The entire team at the center was a big part of my success in healing and they became friends of mine,” Lhotka said. “I was pleased with the results and the positive attitude of everybody there. I refused to lose my foot and the Baptist Center for Wound Care gave me the support I needed.”
Wanda Daughtry, of Jacksonville, came to the Baptist Center for Wound Care last year. She had surgery on her leg for poor circulation from Diabetes and an infection. The center helped with cleaning and healing of her wound.
“I could have lost my life,” Daughtry said. “Everyone was so friendly. They are like family to me and are just beautiful people.”