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Union County Wound Care Center and Emergency Medical Services Receive National Awards
Date
07/06/2016
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Specialized wound care center and ambulance service both recognized for the second consecutive year.

July 6, 2016 -
CHS Union Wound Care Center
Carolinas HealthCare System Union’s wound care center has been named a center of excellence and distinction for its high patient satisfaction and quality standards. To Naomi Breland, a resident of Weddington, NC and patient of the wound care center, the care was monumental. She had diabetic wounds that were not healing on their own.  
 
“I don’t know what I would have done without the caring team at CHS Union’s wound care center,” says Breland. “I had become a recent amputee and I am very grateful for the way they helped accommodate for my needs.”  
 
Union received the Robert A Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award in May from Healogics, a national provider of advanced wound care services.  
 
Out of nearly 800 wound care centers, 168 were eligible and 110 honored with this award. The recognition underscores that Union met Healogic’s Center of Distinction standard, achieving 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.  
 
“To be recognized once is a tremendous honor but receiving the award 7 out of the last 10 years is phenomenal,” says Edward B. Bower, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the wound care center. “It is a testament to the fact that we are passionate about healing wounds and providing the best experience to our patients.”
 
The wound care center at Union, which opened in 2005, offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that 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 dressing and growth factor therapies.
 
Union County EMS
Union County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of severe heart attack patients.
 
Organizations that receive this award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for required achievement measures for two years. Last year, Union County EMS received the Silver award, a level that has to be received before one can receive the Gold award.  
 
Union County EMS is a public service agency funded by the county as the primary provider of emergency and non-emergency ambulance service for the geographic boundaries of Union County, North Carolina.
 
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