Healing after a major surgery can take time, care and plenty of attention to detail.

Despite some patients’ best efforts, the healing process can take longer than expected, and complications such as infection can linger.

At Southeast Georgia Health System Wound Care Center in Brunswick, the goal is to shorten that recovery time and manage chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.

It’s a goal the center is achieving, and has caught the attention of Healogics, SHGH’s wound care partner and the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Brunswick campus’ Wound Care Center last month earned Healogics 2016 Center of Distinction Award, a national recognition of excellence.

Of the 630 wound care centers eligible for the distinction, the Brunswick center is among 334 honorees.

Dr. Eric Segerberg, a general surgeon and medical director of the Wound Care Center, said the honor is the result of hard work by physicians, nurses and staff.

“Our panel of specially trained physicians, nurses and hyperbaric technologists use proved best-practice guidelines to obtain superior outcomes for our patients,” Segerberg said. “We are proud to provide this specialized and much-needed service to our community.”

The award is based on 12 months of consecutively positive patient outcomes, including a 92 percent patient satisfaction rate and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within a median of 30 days. In 2016, the center’s staff encountered more than 5,100 wounds. Additionally last year, the center performed more than 1,800 hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to treat stubborn wounds — such as ones caused by diabetes or radiation treatment — by using a pressurized chamber to increase oxygen and air pressure. Under such conditions, a patient’s lungs take in more oxygen and increase its flow throughout the body. The process can help fight harmful bacteria and stimulate cell growth, which promotes healing.

Meredith Reilly, director of the Wound Care Center, said the award shows the value of provider-patient relationships and the importance of attentive care.

“We see our patients at least once a week, and really develop a relationship with them,” she said. “This award validates that we have met the highest standards for quality and patient satisfaction.”

The SGHS Wound Care Center specializes in treating patients suffering from diabetic and pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds. In addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the center offers negative-pressure wound therapy, cellular-based tissue to skin substitutes to wounds and debridement, or the removal of damaged tissue.

The Wound Care Center at SGHS is a member of Healogics, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based company with a network of nearly 800 centers in 46 states. The network’s combined centers have treated approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds, according to a statement from SGHS.

For more information, visit www.sghs.org or call 466-5350.

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