Ashtabula County Medical Center | ACMC Pulse | Summer 2022

“The national honors we receive are a reflection of the quality and dedication of our caregivers. ACMC caregivers don’t do their job to get noticed or receive an award. They do their job because they want their patients to have a higher quality of life.” —Michael Habowski, ACMC Healthcare System President and CEO Wound Healing Center wins Center of Distinction for clinical excellence ACMC’s Wound Healing Center received its ninth Center of Distinction award from Healogics this year, for clinical excellence in patient experience and wound healing rates. Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. ACMC’s Wound Healing Center achieved a Patient Satisfaction rate above 92% and completed 2021 with a Wound Adjusted Comprehensive Healing Rate greater than 75%. The ACMC Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network of over 600 Wound Care Centers and offers highly specialized wound care to patients with diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced wound care modalities provided by wound care experts include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bioengineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen to help progress the healing of the wound. The team consists of Medical Director Olusegun Ogunlesi, MD, and nine more providers, five nurses, a certified hyperbaric oxygen therapy technician and support staff. Stroke care achieves Gold Plus with Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll for a second time The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association recognized ACMC’s stroke care for a second time with its Gold Plus with Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll quality achievement award. This is the third year ACMC has received the Gold Plus honor, after receiving Bronze and Silver honors in previous years. Strokes are the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability for adults in the United States. Every year, 800,000 people experience a new or subsequent stroke— averaging a stroke every 40 seconds. Getting treatment quickly is the key to improving survival, speeding recovery times and minimizing long-term disability. ACMC follows the seven guidelines for stroke diagnosis and treatment set forth by the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, which includes the use of diagnostic tests as soon as a patient arrives at the hospital, followed by appropriate medicine administered within the first hour at the hospital. This is the second year in a row ACMC has been honored with the Type 2 Diabetes achievement, a classification by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association designed to reduce death from heart attacks or strokes in people with type 2 diabetes. ACMC showed compliance with type 2 diabetes diagnosis and treatment guidelines, which involve evidence-based use of medication for patients with diabetes; assessment of left ventricle function; treatment of diabetes during inpatient or outpatient follow-up appointments; and ongoing education, including smoking cessation advice or counseling. ACMC Pulse • 9