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SUMMIT, NJ AUGUST 2012 – Overlook Medical Center’s Wound Healing Program has been re-certified 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 re-certified 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 Medical Center.
“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 Medical Center's Medical Arts Center (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 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 WoundExpert.
“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 Medical Center'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 System 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 Medical Center's Wound Healing Program to a new population of patients.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.