Early Wednesday afternoon, The Center of Excellence Award was given to Portneuf medical center. The award presented by Healogics, recognized the PMC as a very strong wound care management facility.
WCHC Program Director Brad Reynolds explained that, “The number of wounds that we’ve been able to heal since 2010 is around 1,450. That’s a lot of wounds. Our healing rate is roughly 95-94 percent. We’re able to heal the majority of the patients that come through the door.”
Portneuf ranked in the top seven percent for both clinical excellence and patient satisfaction. This ranking is based on 530 Healogics wound care clinics nationwide providing outstanding patient outcomes for the past two years.
Brad continued that, “Within Healogics, it’s a vast network of wound healing clinics in the country, this is the pinnacle. This is the biggest award that they give to centers for their outcomes.”
Outcomes that have been increasingly positive. According to Annie, the Clinical Nurse Manager, patients come here to save their limbs.
“We have quite a few patients that this is their last chance if you will before amputation. Patients will be sent here not wanting that amputation and this literally is the last possible thing that they can try to get their wounds to heal,” Annie said.
Healing done through various methods, including the hyperbaric chamber. I talked to Eric who spent some time inside.
Eric explained simply that its “scary, then better after that, it feels like you’re diving.”
Like Eric said, it feels like you’re diving but Annie explained how this chamber works.
We take the patient from one atmosphere to two atmospheres and it triples the oxygen carrying capacity in the patients’ bloodstream. All the chemical components needed to heal that wound.
Annie gives her thoughts on what it’s been like to work in an environment with so many positive outcomes.
“It’s a great job and the most rewarding job that I’ve ever had the opportunity to be a part of,” Annie Explained.