Wound Care Center at Mercy Hospital Clermont recognized for excellence

May 28th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

The Wound Care Center & Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Mercy Hospital Clermont is being recognized for exceptional care and service.

It is the recipient of the Center of Distinction award in recognition of its high patient satisfaction rates, exceptional healing results, and outstanding clinical outcomes over the past year.

This prestigious Center of Distinction honor comes from Diversified Clinical Services, the nation’s leading wound care management company and the hospital’s partner in wound healing.

The Wound Care Center & Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Mercy Clermont is an outpatient program that features specially-trained physicians and 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.

Since it opened as the first dedicated wound care program in Southwest Ohio in January 2004, the Wound Care Center has cared for more than 2,220 patients and has produced a healing success rate of 97 percent. The center provides consistent, life-changing results in treating and curing chronic or non-healing wounds. In some cases, patients are facing serious health risks, even amputation, if the chronic wounds were not successfully treated.

"We are certainly proud of this recognition and even more proud of the amazing success stories we see with our wound care patients," said Brad Bertke, Vice President of Operations for Mercy Hospital Clermont. "Our wound care program has experienced tremendous growth and provided a very important service to residents throughout Southwest Ohio. Along with our dedicated physicians and staff, Diversified Clinical Services has certainly played an important role in the program's success."

A chronic wound is defined as a wound that does not show improvement in four weeks and is not completely healed in eight weeks. People with diabetes or poor blood circulation are especially at risk for developing a chronic or non-healing wound. Wounds of the diabetic foot are considered one of the most significant complications of diabetes, representing a medical, social, and economic burden that affects the patient's quality of life. Nearly 24 million Americans-one in every 12-are diabetic and it is estimated that 6.5 million suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds.

"Every day we are trying to make a difference for our patients to help them return to a better quality of life without being limited by a chronic wound," said Brian Shiff, MD, Medical Director of the Wound Care Center & Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Mercy Clermont. "The Center of Distinction honor is great and tells us we are doing things the right way and truly providing hope and healing for our patients."

To learn more about the Wound Care Center & Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Mercy Clermont call (513) 735-8924 or go online at e-mercy.com.

Mercy Hospital Clermont is an award-winning hospital and a member of Mercy Health Partners, an integrated healthcare network with a variety of care-delivery sites throughout Greater Cincinnati. Mercy Hospital Clermont is rated one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters.

Healthcare services include a new, state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit, cancer care, diagnostic/imaging, emergency care, heart care, rehabilitation and therapy, inpatient/outpatient surgery, and wound care.
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