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Providers and staff of the TLRMC Wound Healing Center have received advanced training to better serve their patients! The staff of the wound healing center

Wound Healing Center

Physicians, TLRMC hospital leaders, and the public gathered Monday, June 24, 2019 to celebrate the President's Circle award, given to the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Wound Healing Center in recognition of being named a Center of Distinction with outstanding performance.

There were 621 Centers nationally eligible for the Center of Distinction award, but only 10 Centers achieved this honor.

The TLRMC Wound Healing Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. The Center was awarded the honor by Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services.

The TLRMC Wound Healing Center specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions, offering hospital-based outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy as well as disease management and diabetes care. In addition to tissue oxygenation, the center also employs the use of vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, revascularization, skin grafting and clinical or surgical debridement.

Conditions treated include:

Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
Pressure ulcers
Soft tissue radiation injuries
Necrotizing infections
Compromised skin grafts and flaps
Wounds that haven't healed within 30 days

We have all the latest techniques and technologies including hyperbaric oxygen chambers, yet the thing people seem to remember most is our genuine caring attitude. If your wound has been defying everything you've tried, call us or ask your doctor for a referral. You'll see what technology combined with old-fashioned care can do.

The center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure as the patient watches television or talks with others while relaxing on a bed encased within a large see-through plastic shell. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed. This advanced therapy increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and allows red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wound to heal it from the inside out.

Physicians, nurses and technicians at the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center Wound Healing Center receive specialized training at the Healogics Training Center in Jacksonville, Florida and have the opportunity to attend research symposiums featuring noted experts. The TLRMC Wound Healing Center is staffed by Steven Thomas, MD; Gay Fulkerson, MD; Luke Fife, MD; Clinton Kaufman, DO; and Jennifer Hughes, APRN.

Evidence-based and best practice driven treatments mean patients do not undergo any treatment or progress to a new level of treatment until the need is clearly indicated. Patients may self-refer; in most instances treatments are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans without requiring a referral.

Call (270) 259-1612 for more information.