|June 4, 2009||
BCHS wound healing center receives 'certificate of distinction'
Specializing in the treatment of chronic wounds that have not responded to previous treatment, Battle Creek Health System's Wound Healing Center and Hyperbaric Medicine was recently recognized as a participating center in National Wound Healing Corporation's disease-specific 'certificate of distinction' wound care program.
The Joint Commission launched its 'disease-specific care' certification in 2002, the first program of its kind in the nation. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public and evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S.
"Because the BCHS Wound Healing Center is part of the National Healing Corporation (NHC), our patients can receive specialized treatments including bio-engineered skin substitutes, growth factor therapies, biological and biosynthetic dressings, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy," says Dr. Forrest Robart, a general surgeon who serves as medical director at the BCHS Wound Healing Center. "Yet, amid all of its state-of-the-art treatment options, our clinical staff relies on old-fashion number crunching to ensure these new therapies contribute to increasingly favorable wound outcomes."
"This certification of distinction is a tribute to the hard work and tireless dedication of our specialized clinical teams," says NHC CEO James Patrick. "Maintaining Joint Commission certification requires demonstrating a standard of excellence and the review process evaluates the program's ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization."
"The BCHS Wound Healing Center follows an evidenced-based methodology that begins at the patient's first visit," says Dr. Robart. "After performing a full assessment and appropriate diagnostic evaluations to confirm the diagnosis, our clinical staff develops a comprehensive treatment plan to move the wound into a state of healing. Through regular reports and phone calls, the staff works with the patient's doctors and other health care providers to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treatment and care."
NHC Wound Healing Centers also participate in clinical trials and multi-center studies to evaluate the effectiveness of new therapies and products. Its partnership with the Wound Healing Research Program at The Ohio State University in Columbus has resulted in the world's largest database of tissue samples providing the most complete catalog of healing and non-healing responses across a wide variety of wound types and patient conditions.
The BCHS Wound Healing Center specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions and offers hospital-based outpatient wound care. For more information, call the center at (269) 966-8560.