Thursday, April 15, 2010 - Broward Health Coral Springs and Imperial Point Medical Centers Earn Center of Distinction Award from Diversified Clinical Services

The Centers for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center (IPMC) and Coral Springs Medical Center (CSMC) have earned the Diversified Clinical Services (DCS) Center of Distinction award.  The award is in recognition of the hospitals’ wound care centers meeting or exceeding company benchmarks in:  Healing Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, Outlier Management, and Days to Heal.

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at IPMC opened its doors in 2001, and was the first hospital based center in Broward Health to offer treatment for difficult, non-healing wounds such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers and traumatic wounds.  Both IPMC and CSMC offer the same variety of advanced wound care modalities, which include “smart dressings”, bio-engineered tissues, compression wraps, total contact casting as well as the adjunctive therapy of Hyperbaric Oxygen with approved indications.

“IPMC’s center is successful because of the great teamwork among our healthcare workers and hospital administration.  The center’s staff is highly credentialed in wound care and hyperbaric medicine, and provides excellent customer service to our patients,” said Martha Taylor, RN, BSN, CWOCN, Program Director at IPMC’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. “This means less pain, less time, and less expense for the patient in recovering from their wound.”

“We had the foresight to understand that an aging population, an increase in diabetes, and an obesity epidemic would increase the demand for specialized wound care services” said Nancy Paez, BSN, RN, CWCN, CWS, ACHRN, LNC, CFCN, DAPWCA, Program Director of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at CSMC.  “This center complements the quality of care already available at CSMC, and earning this prestigious award from DCS is an example of the positive impact it has had on our patients.”

Diversified Clinical Services (DCS) in Jacksonville, Florida, is the world’s largest wound care management company with over 300 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence based care to patients with chronic wounds.  DCS has been the leader in wound care for more than 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities-including adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit,

IPMC Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Staff
(L-R)  Joellen Litwin, Patient Access; Watfa Krassa, PA-C/Dr. Arison; Debra Ferron, RN; GaryDiLorenzo, RT, CHT, Safety Director;  Martha Taylor, RN, BSN, CWOCN, Program Director; Lori Mayar, RN, CWCA, Clinical Coordinator; Ron Arison, MD, Medical Director; and Bonnie Friedman, Patient Access.

CSMC Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Staff
(L-R)  Licinia Ruiz, RN; Lucia Moreira, PCA; Nancy Paez, RN, CWCN, CWS, ACHRN, Program Director; Victor Stanley, CHT, Safety Director; Tammy Kellerman, RN, CWOCN, Clinical Coordinator; and Julie Trites, Patient Access.