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Date
08-01-2014

Name
Randy Schorfheide
Director of Marketing

Phone
618-651-2590

Fax
618-651-2825

Email
randy.schorfheide@hshs.org

SJH Wound Care Center Technician Receives National Certification

Richard Nelan, CHT, has completed requirements leading to his receiving certification from the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT). The NBDHMT is a non-profit certifying organization designed to meet the clinical, technical and safety needs of the discipline of undersea and hyperbaric medicine.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is one of the state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols offered at the SJH Wound Care Center. Others include negative pressure therapies, bio-engineered tissues and bio-synthetics.

A member of the Healogics™ network that brings together people, resources and the expertise to promote true healing, the SJH Wound Care Center offers state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols to reintroduce the body's innate ability to heal. 

Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.

The SJH wound care center is a comprehensive and integrated wound management program that offers treatment options for:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Non-healing surgical incisions

Among the variety of factors that can cause chronic and non-healing wounds for individuals include:

  • Aging population
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular deficiencies 
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Prolonged pressure on bony prominence

More information on the SJH Wound Care Center in Highland can be obtained by visiting www.stjosephshighland.org or by calling (618) 651-2502.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage more than 500 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and see nearly 200,000 patients per year through a connected network of centers, partner hospitals, academic medical centers, patients and families.  Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population.

St. Joseph's Hospital, which on August 22, 2013 opened a new $63 million state-of-the-art health care campus in Highland, is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. St. Joseph’s Hospital provides proven-effective care to more than 33,500 residents in portions of Madison, Clinton and Bond counties. Serving Highland and surrounding communities for more than 135 years, St. Joseph's Hospital combines state-of-the-art technologies with highly trained and experienced staff to meet the changing health care needs of local residents. St. Joseph's Hospital reveals and embodies Christ's healing love to its patients through a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services including surgery, specialty clinics, rehab, digital imaging, laboratory, wound care, cancer care, sleep center, a primary care walk-in clinic, and community health and education outreach programs. For more information, visit www.stjosephshighland.org.

SJH is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) - a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and in Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.


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