SAN MARCOS, TX
– After meeting the most robust industry standards, Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) Institute for Advanced Wound Healing received accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) on Oct. 4. There are 15 hyperbaric and wound care facilities between Austin and San Antonio, but only six are UHMS accredited.
“If a facility is UHMS accredited, that means they have met the most vigorous industry standards, practice evidence-based medicine and have the highest ratings in patient outcomes and satisfaction,” said Valerie Larson-Lohr, the Institute’s director.
Before submitting its application for UHMS accreditation in January, the Institute spent a year preparing for surveyors to visit the facility. According to Larson-Lohr, most institutions don’t seek accreditation until they are in their third year of operation. CTMC’s Institute for Advanced Wound Healing opened in January 2010 and specializes in advanced wound therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“Congratulations to the Wound Institute for achieving UHMS accreditation,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt. “We thank the team for their great work and dedication to our mission.”
Specialists at the Institute evaluate and instigate appropriate healing regimes for patients with at risk, slow to heal or problem wounds such as:
- Diabetic foot/leg ulcers
- Soft tissue infections
- Arterial Wounds
- Bone infections
- Swollen leg ulcers/venous ulcers
- Necrotic Insect Bites
- Traumatic Wounds
- Burn Wounds
- Surgery Wounds
- Radiation Wounds
CTMC’s Institute for Advanced Wound Healing has an astounding 97 percent patient heal rate for 33 days of treatment. For more information about the Institute, please call 512-353-6430 or visit ctmc.org and click on “Care & Services.”
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.