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Cascade Valley Hospital wound care marks 20 years

Nov 4, 2018, 08:45 AM

Cascade Valley Hospital Wound Care StaffCascade Valley Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center celebrated 20 years of service in Arlington in 2018.

From humble beginnings, this award-winning center has grown from a back, windowless room with a draw-curtain separating patients in the Surgery Center, to its own office with five exam rooms and two hyperbaric chambers.

Joining the center a month after opening in 1998, Clinical Nurse Manager Teri Burt, RN, WCS said “It’s a career that keeps changing and evolving. That’s what has kept my interest over the years. There is always something new and different in the world of wound care.”

Contracted with Healogics, the largest provider of advanced wound care in the nation, Cascade Valley Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center relies on a science-driven, evidence-based approach to wound healing.

Center staff treat patients from head to toe. From Podiatrists specializing in foot and ankle wounds, to Family Medicine practitioners who examine the full body, plus a general/vascular surgeon who provides vascular and surgical intervention when necessary, patients are matched with the provider and wound care plan that is specific to their needs.

When a patient walks through the door they are paired up with a provider and RN Case Manager. With weekly visits, the patient will typically see the same team each time, ensuring continuity of care as well as supporting relationship and trust development between the patient and wound care team.

Wound care becomes a personal experience of health and teaching throughout the process. Patients who come to the center are oftentimes those who have had difficulties managing their diabetes and have struggled in the traditional health care system. They are referred to wound care by their primary care provider because they need help not only healing, but with education about what has caused the wound and how to prevent them in the future. Because of this, RN Case Managers spend a significant portion of each patient’s weekly visit on education and training.

“These patients can be very complex and teaching is important at every visit. We work with patients to help them understand why their wound(s) aren’t healing and teach lifestyle changes that will encourage wound healing and prevent them from becoming wounded patients again,” Burt explained. “We care about them and work to help make their lives better.”

With more than 57,000 patient encounters over the last two decades, the Cascade Valley Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center has earned the Center of Distinction Award in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The center has also received the Center of Excellence Award in 2009 and 2013. These awards are given to Healogics centers with outstanding records of wound healing, reduced time to heal and patient satisfaction.

“Striving to provide the best care around, the staff is very proud of the work they have accomplished over the last 20 years and are excited to continue their effort to make lives better,” Burt said.

Skagit Regional Health also operates the Skagit Wound Healing Center in Mount Vernon.

 

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Cascade Valley Hospital wound care marks 20 years

Nov 4, 2018, 08:45 AM

Cascade Valley Hospital Wound Care StaffCascade Valley Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center celebrated 20 years of service in Arlington in 2018.

From humble beginnings, this award-winning center has grown from a back, windowless room with a draw-curtain separating patients in the Surgery Center, to its own office with five exam rooms and two hyperbaric chambers.

Joining the center a month after opening in 1998, Clinical Nurse Manager Teri Burt, RN, WCS said “It’s a career that keeps changing and evolving. That’s what has kept my interest over the years. There is always something new and different in the world of wound care.”

Contracted with Healogics, the largest provider of advanced wound care in the nation, Cascade Valley Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center relies on a science-driven, evidence-based approach to wound healing.

Center staff treat patients from head to toe. From Podiatrists specializing in foot and ankle wounds, to Family Medicine practitioners who examine the full body, plus a general/vascular surgeon who provides vascular and surgical intervention when necessary, patients are matched with the provider and wound care plan that is specific to their needs.

When a patient walks through the door they are paired up with a provider and RN Case Manager. With weekly visits, the patient will typically see the same team each time, ensuring continuity of care as well as supporting relationship and trust development between the patient and wound care team.

Wound care becomes a personal experience of health and teaching throughout the process. Patients who come to the center are oftentimes those who have had difficulties managing their diabetes and have struggled in the traditional health care system. They are referred to wound care by their primary care provider because they need help not only healing, but with education about what has caused the wound and how to prevent them in the future. Because of this, RN Case Managers spend a significant portion of each patient’s weekly visit on education and training.

“These patients can be very complex and teaching is important at every visit. We work with patients to help them understand why their wound(s) aren’t healing and teach lifestyle changes that will encourage wound healing and prevent them from becoming wounded patients again,” Burt explained. “We care about them and work to help make their lives better.”

With more than 57,000 patient encounters over the last two decades, the Cascade Valley Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center has earned the Center of Distinction Award in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. The center has also received the Center of Excellence Award in 2009 and 2013. These awards are given to Healogics centers with outstanding records of wound healing, reduced time to heal and patient satisfaction.

“Striving to provide the best care around, the staff is very proud of the work they have accomplished over the last 20 years and are excited to continue their effort to make lives better,” Burt said.

Skagit Regional Health also operates the Skagit Wound Healing Center in Mount Vernon.