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 Lake Wales, FL – Lake Wales Medical Center physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently to celebrate the hospital’s Wound Healing Center receiving both the Center of Distinction Award and the Center of Excellence Award from Healogics.

“This is our fourth year winning the Center of Excellence Award, and our fifth year winning the Center of Distinction award, and we are very proud of that accomplishment,” said Tiffany Rodriguez, RN, Program Director at the Wound Healing Center.

The Center of Distinction award recognizes 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 Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award recognizes the Wound Healing Center meeting benchmarks including 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.  The award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former Chief Medical Officer for Healogics.

“We are proud to be able to offer such a vital service to the people of our community, and to be able to offer it with such a high level of excellence,” said hospital CEO Rebecca Brewer. “Our staff and physicians take great care of their patients, who often tell us that they feel like family when they go to the Wound Healing Center. We’re happy to be able to make such a positive impact on their lives. ”

The Lake Wales 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 include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 800 Centers.

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Photo Info: Lake Wales Medical Center staff and physicians celebrated recently the hospital’s Wound Healing Center, which received two prestigious awards, the Center of Distinction and the Center of Excellence awards from Healogics. Both awards are given to outstanding wound treatment centers for meeting and exceeding benchmarks in healing rates and patient satisfaction. Pictured are, Front row, from left: Amanda Williams RN; Katina Green, RN; Alicia Lyons; Crystal Browning RN; Lindsay Kula CMA; Alicia Walker, RN; and Tiffany Rodriguez, RN, Director of the Wound Center. Back row, from left: Dr. James Nelson (Medical Director); Dr. Fred Howard; Monte Holm, certified hyperbaric technician; and Dr. Benigno Feliciano.