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Presence Saint Francis Hospital Wound Healing Center Recognized for Healing Wounds and Changing Lives

Evanston, Illinois. (July 1, 2013)– Physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently at Presence Saint Francis Hospital to celebrate the Center of Distinction Award, which was given to the hospital’s Wound Healing Center by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.   The Center has achieved outstanding patient outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction over 92 percent and a 91 percent wound healing rate within 30 median days to heal, among other quality outcomes.  The award was presented by Carolyn Shinn, senior director of clinical operations at Healogics, Inc.

The Presence Saint Francis Hospital Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network of more than 500 centers, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating over two million chronic wounds. Of these centers, only 110 qualified for the Center of Distinction award, making the program “the best of the best,” according to Diane Zintak, program director. In the Presence Saint Francis Wound Healing Center, more than 1,016 patients in the community were provided specialized treatment for chronic and non-healing wounds since the center’s opening in 2008.   

Rick Lavacchi, vice president for professional services at Presence Saint Francis Hospital, commented on the award. “Our Wound Healing Center heals chronic wounds of patients who might otherwise experience an amputation or other life-threatening conditions.  We are proud to provide this specialized and needed service to our community."

“We’re honored,” said Diane Zintak, director of the Wound Healing Center. “It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the hospital, physicians and Healogics.  Together, we are able to heal patients in our community, getting them get back to living happy, healthy lives.”

Photo, from left to right: Sunitha Nair, MD, medical director; Diane Zintak, program director; Brenda Davidson, RN, clinical nurse manager; Carolyn Shinn, senior director of clinical operations at Healogics, Inc.; Rick Lavacchi, vice president for professional services at Presence Saint Francis Hospital.

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About Presence Saint Francis Hospital

Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service 271-bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is listed as one of Chicago’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s North Shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 400-physician medical staff. Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence. More information is available at http://www.presencehealth.org/stfrancis.

About Presence Health

Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care have joined to form Presence Health, a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit www.provenaresurrection.org to learn more.

About Healogics, Inc. 

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.  For more information, please visit www.healogics.com or to find a Wound Care Center near you, please call 1-800-373-HEAL (4325).

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