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Three area HSHS hospitals recognized nationally for wound care.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Wound Care Center in O’Fallon, along with centers at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, were among those named as recipients of the Center of Distinction award by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

There were 555 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award and 278 achieved the honor.

St. Elizabeth’s center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 92 percent within 28 median days to heal.

“We are pleased to have received this national distinction,” said St. Elizabeth’s Interim President and CEO Brandon Fish. “The high-quality and compassionate care that our Wound Care Center provides is often life changing for many of their patients. This award is a testament to their exceptional care, and we congratulate all involved for their ongoing commitment to our patients.”

The Healogics network of more than 600 Wound Care Centers offer specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.

Advanced wound care modalities provided by the hospital’s wound care experts include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen to help progress the healing of the wound.

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