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La Grange – Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care Center was named a “Center of Distinction” by the nation’s leading wound care management company. This prestigious award was presented to hospital officials Aug. 20 at a celebration on the hospital campus, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road.
In order to qualify from the award from Diversified Clinical Service, the hospital’s Wound Care Center was required to demonstrate high patient satisfaction rates, exceptional healing results and outstanding clinical outcomes over the past 12 months.
“Being named a ‘Center of Distinction’ is further evidence of our commitment to leading the way in wound care,” said Karen Gonzalez, clinical coordinator of the Wound Care Center. “Not only does the Wound Care Center complement the quality care already available at the hospital, but it also fills an important need in the community. In the past, people may have had to travel long distances to receive this level of wound care. Now we are able to offer the latest techniques right here.”
For most people, cuts and scratches heal within days or weeks. But for those whose natural healing process is hampered, a simple sore can become a complex medical problem. Without proper treatment, these problem wounds can hamper physical activity, quality of life and, in some cases, be debilitating. This growing problem is spurred by the aging of America and the increase in diabetes. Of the 18.5 million Americans with diabetes, an estimated 1.8 million will suffer from a problem wound, experts say.
An outpatient, hospital-based program, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care Center works in conjunction with the patient’s primary care physician, serving as an adjunctive service for the referring physician and specializing in the treatment of problem wounds. The center opened in 2008.
“For the past two years, our center has changed the lives of countless patients suffering from chronic wounds,” said Dr. Fatima Jaffer, medical director. “This recognition underscores our commitment to quality care and industry best practices.”
Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the program operates by appointment. For more information, call (708) 245-6655 or visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Diversified Clinical Services (DCS), located in Jacksonville, Fla., is the world’s largest wound care management company with over 300 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. DCS has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities – including adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. www.diversifiedcs.com