(EFFINGHAM, IL) – HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s
Wound Healing Center has changed the lives of many people in the region by bringing healing and allowing people to return to their active lives. Now the Wound Healing Center has once again been recognized nationally with two awards for their clinical excellence and exceptional patient satisfaction. The awards were presented by Healogics, nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services.
St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center recently received the “Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence” Award, because it has met the highest quality standards for Healogics. This Center has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days, among other quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years. This is the sixth year in a row that St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center has received this prestigious honor. The award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former Chief Medical Officer for Healogics.
By meeting these high quality standards, St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center also received the “Center of Distinction” Award, the seventh year in a row they have achieved this outstanding achievement. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months for patient satisfaction, wound healing rate and other quality standards outlined above. There were 630 Centers in the nation eligible for the “Center of Distinction” award, but only 334 achieved the honor.
St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center is a member of Healogics’ network of over 750 centers, providing high-quality wound care and consulting services to hospitals across the United States. Of all Healogics’ healing centers, St. Anthony’s has the distinction of being one of only seven centers nationwide that have had the repeat success of winning the “Center of Excellence” Award for seven years and the “Center of Distinction” Award for six years.
Since St. Anthony’s partnership with Healogics began in January 2010 to provide wound healing services, the hospital’s Wound Healing Center has cared for over 2,800 patients from this region, offering them hope and healing.
Jeff Brummer, DO, Medical Director of St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center, expressed his appreciation for the Center winning this award repeatedly over the last number of years. “It takes a certain level of dedication, commitment and talent to achieve this level of exceptional care year after year, which is a reflection on the physicians and staff that are associated with St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center,” Dr. Brummer said. “It just demonstrates that when people are passionate about their health care professions, enjoy working together, and combine advanced training with compassionate care, it shows.”
Tammy Probst, Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness Services who served as Director of the Wound Healing Center during the award period, shared, “While these are national awards that we have won repeatedly for a number of years, we do not take lightly the honor of being recognized again for the exceptional care we provide. We couldn’t be more pleased that our patients report a high level of satisfaction with our care, which is connected to the compassion that our physicians and staff offer to each and every person who comes to our center for healing,” she said. “Additionally, the advanced wound care that we provide results in a high healing rate, which we are extremely proud of, because it means that we are helping people get back to their lives,” she explained. “You don’t have to travel to Chicago or St. Louis to have nationally-ranked wound care – you can get hope and healing in Effingham, as our Wound Healing Center is the only wound center in a 100-mile radius to receive the ‘Center of Excellence’ national award, demonstrating our continuous exceptional care to the region.”
St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments included negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The Wound Healing Center cares for people that have wounds that have not begun to heal in two weeks or have not completely healed in six weeks. Patients can be referred by their family doctors or can refer themselves by calling St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center to make an appointment at 217-347-3565.
The awards achieved by HSHS St. Anthony’s Wound Healing Center were made possible by the combined efforts and compassion of the entire center’s staff. Front row, seated, left to right: Tammy Probst, Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness Services and Past Director of the Wound Healing Center; and Kristen Goen, Relief Front Office Clerk. Back row, left to right: Jeff Brummer, DO, Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center; Jeremiah Roberts, LPN, Thomas Heischmidt, MD; Jason McAllaster, MD; Gena Jones, RN; Jennifer Lohman, LPN; Tory Buhnerkempe, RN; Patsy Lilly, RN, Clinical Coordinator; Teresa Beall, Director of the Wound Healing Center; Vicki Bushur, APN-FNP-BC; Debra Wendt, RN; Julie Hartley, RN; Cindy Einhorn, RN; Sarah Williams, CNA, Front Office Clerk, and Angela Brumleve, FNP-BC.