Norman Regional Health System physicians, leaders, and clinicians gathered Wed. September 1 to celebrate the Center of Distinction award presented to the Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center in recognition of its high patient satisfaction rates, healing results, and positive clinical outcomes during the past 12 months.
This prestigious honor was awarded by the Center's partner in wound healing, Diversified Clinical Services (DCS), a national wound care management company. Jim Henry, founder of DCS, travelled in from the company's Florida headquarters to present the award in person to the Center staff.
The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Clinic was also presented the Center of Excellence Award in recognition of receiving the Center of Distinction award for the second consecutive year. The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center has achieved success in treating and curing chronic or non-healing wounds and in providing care to more than 1,200 patients since the Center's opening June 6, 2006.
In September 2008, the clinic added Hyperbaric Chambers to the facility and has completed more than 8,350 treatments to date. The Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center chose to partner DCS to ensure quality in providing specialized treatments to the Norman area, including Blanchard, Lexington, Lindsay, Moore, Newcastle, Noble, Oklahoma City, and Pauls Valley. In these communities many are suffering from chronic and non-healing wounds—a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life.
Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes and other diseases—populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase. The Center generally admits wound patients immediately, working with referring physicians to determine the most effective course of treatment. This outpatient comprehensive service will offer 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.
“We’re honored,” said Serita Brame, Program Director. “It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the Norman Regional Health System and Diversified Clinical Services. Together, we are able to get our patients back to living happy, healthy lives.”