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Wound Care Center recognized for Clinical Excellence

April 12, 2023 

The Wound Care Center at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland has been named a recipient of the Center of Distinction award by Healogics®, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. This is the third consecutive year that the center has achieved this recognition. 

The Wound Care Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction rates higher than 92%. There were 532 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award and 305 achieved the honor. Other Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals receiving this same honor include HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon and HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham. 

St. Joseph’s Hospital Chief Nursing Officer and interim President and CEO Teresa Cornelius shared, “We are honored to again receive this national award which recognizes the high quality and exceptional care provided by our Wound Care Center colleagues and providers, Medical Director Dr. Jose Diaz, Dr. Janet Alvarado, and Lauren Lawson, APRN. It is a true demonstration of the team’s commitment to helping people achieve healing in their lives,” she said. 

St. Joseph’s Wound Care Center is a member of the Healogics network of over 600 Wound Care Centers® and offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. 

Advanced wound care modalities provided by the hospital’s wound care experts include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The Wound Care Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen to help progress the healing of the wound. 

The Wound Care Center’s Clinical Program Director Melissa Albert shared, “Receiving this award once again reflects the dedication, commitment and talent of our colleagues and physicians to achieve this high level of care,” she said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the exceptional and compassionate care we are able to give to those in need of wound healing to get back to their lives.” 

Contact HSHS St. Joseph’s Wound Care Center if you have a wound that will not heal with traditional treatment methods. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 618-651-2502. Patients may be seen with or without a physician's referral. 


Wound Care Center recognized for Clinical Excellence