Springfield, OR - McKenzie Wound Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for its Wound Care by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes McKenzie Wound Center's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the- art standards. As of today, only 25 wound care centers have achieved this certification nationally and McKenzie Wound Care Center is the only center in the northwest region.
McKenzie Wound Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in August. A Joint Commission expert evaluated McKenzie Wound Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. After the evaluation, the Joint Commission noted two best practices that will be shared nationwide and named McKenzie Wound Center as a review site for other wound centers seeking certification.
"In achieving Joint Commission certification, McKenzie Wound Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients needing wound care," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and I commend McKenzie Wound Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."
"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence," says John Habrat, Center Director. "Achieving Joint Commission certification in wound care, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide."
Background: McKenzie Wound Center has two locations one in Springfield at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center which began seeing patients December 2, 2009 and one that opened on West 11th in Eugene in January 2014. Both centers treat those suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, skin grafts and crush injuries. The Centers are a physician lead care model and are under the medical direction of John Mackey, M.D., who has worked as an emergency room physician for 30 years. Our multi-specialty team of certified physicians, nurse specialists, and clinicians have specialized training in wound management are dedicated to offering the most advanced healing options specifically tailored to individual patient needs. The centers also provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chambers provide 100 percent pure oxygen (the air we breathe is typically about 21 percent oxygen) to the patient in a pressurized hyperbaric breathing chamber, a proven method for healing wounds that have not responded to other therapies. Each chamber offers TV/VCR and CD player for patients to watch movies or listen to music during treatment. The completely transparent chambers allow patients full visibility.
The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
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