Overlook's Wound Healing Program Receives Accolades
Monday, August 6, 2012 • 4:49pm
Overlook Medical Center's Wound Healing program has been recertified by the Joint Commission and has been given the Under Sea and Hyperbaric Medical Society's (UHMS) seal of approval, showing the organization's commitment to helping patients heal faster.
The Wound Healing program was recertified by the Joint Commission in July after its previous certification had come up for renewal. It is one of only two hospitals to be certified for wound healing in New Jersey and is one of seventeen hospitals in the country to receive this honor. In addition, The Wound Healing program has also been accredited by the UHMS for its hyperbaric program which is part of the Wound Healing program at Overlook.
"Together the physicians and all the staff employed by our program have achieved the gold stamp of approval from the Joint Commission," said Denise Brenner, BSN, RN, CWCA, nurse manager of the Wound Healing program. "This signifies that we are a center of excellence. We take pride in what we do every day and I am ecstatic to have had their hard work recognized by the Joint Commission."
The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that certifies health care organizations across the nation. The Joint Commission is nationally recognized for being a symbol of quality that signifies a program's commitment to maintaining certain standards. The UHMS is also a non-profit organization that consists of experts who inspect all aspects of the program's work environment.
Since its relocation to Overlook's Medical Arts Center II (MAC II) in 2008, the Wound Healing program has been certified and recognized by both the Joint Commission two times and they are soon to be up for re-certification for the hyperbaric program through the UHMS. The move from the program's previous location in the main hospital provided the program with a much larger and more accessible space. This gave the team the opportunity to expand the program to provide care to a larger population, as well as the ability to offer a wider range larger array of advanced wound modalities. In addition, the program now offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, two hyperbaric chambers for the treatment of a very specific group of patients, accessibility to diabetic and nutrition counseling, physical therapy and pain management in the same building, and complementary medicine.
The program has continued to serve a high volume of patients and has done so since 2008 when the program first moved. Patient healing time is also something that has remained constant. Patients in the program average 43 days from their arrival to the center to the time they are healed. This is 22 days earlier than the national average of 65 days to recovery in the national data base provided by WoundExperts.
"We are fortunate to have a group of both clinical and non-clinical staff that all share the same strong dedication to quality, innovation and constant performance improvement. We work collaboratively to assure that our patients are provided with the highest level of care utilizing the most current clinical practice guidelines and state- of- the- art wound modalities," Brenner said.
Overlook's Wound Healing program is continuing its strides to become better by engaging in clinical trials, promoting nursing research, and using ultrasound, and Mist therapy. Atlantic Health Systems is also opening a Satellite Wound Center at its Union campus next year. This new program will offer the same standards of quality as Overlook's Wound Healing program to a new population of patients.
For more information about the Wound Healing program at Overlook Hospital, visit: