Pioneers Memorial Hospital Uses The Luvo Model of Wound Center Management by Wound Care Advantage

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Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District has partnered with Wound Care Advantage (WCA) joining a growing number of hospitals seeking alternative solutions to wound center management.

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The biggest benefit to using the Luvo operating system is that the system is 100 percent based in wound care patient management

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in Brawley, CA. recently partnered with Wound Care Advantage (WCA) to utilize the Luvo model of management for their outpatient wound center. The partnership strengthens the hospital’s commitment to the specialty of wound care by joining a network of wound centers across the country working with WCA to manage their outpatient wound center.

The Wound Clinic at Pioneers offers advanced wound care treatments and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help heal wounds - including diabetic wounds of the lower extremities, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, ischemic ulcers, traumatic ulcers, radiation wounds, atypical wounds and post-surgical wounds.

Poor circulation, infection, diabetes, obesity and injuries can cause advanced wounds that are difficult to heal without specialty care. The relative 5-year mortality rate for diabetics after limb amputation is 68 percent. Wound healing increases patient quality of life and works toward limb preservation in patients both with and without diabetes.

“Offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy locally provides state-of-the-art advanced medicine to treat chronic, non-healing wounds while reducing amputations,” Art Mejia, MPA, FACHE, Associate Administrator Clinics & Support Services Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District said. “These types of conditions can be common in communities such as ours, which struggles with issues such as uncontrolled diabetes. The expansion of our wound clinic means that patients no longer have to travel outside of Imperial County to receive this necessary treatment.”

The wound center is currently utilizing several Luvo modules including Keystone, Prism, Resume, Pressure, Lighthouse and Chalkboard.

"The biggest benefit to using the Luvo operating system is that the system is 100 percent based in wound care patient management,” Mejia said. “All of the functionality that has been developed across the system, from entry to maintenance to reporting, is intended to support the medical practice of wound care. It should prove to be a great resource with which to continuously improve our performance and achieve our ultimate goal of positive patient healing rates and outcomes.”

WCA is an innovative service-based wound care company, providing the necessary tools for a well-equipped wound care program. Transitioning wound care management providers can be a complex undertaking. WCA provides transition specialists to guide hospital executives through the entire process, making it as smooth as possible.

“We welcome anyone interested in learning more about the program or wound care in general, whether patient or provider, to reach out to our highly trained staff,” Mejia said. “We are available to answer questions and/or schedule appointments Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.”

About Pioneers Memorial Hospital
Pioneers Memorial Hospital (PMH) is a highly respected 107-bed acute care facility accredited by DNV, whose mission is to provide quality healthcare and compassionate service for families of the Imperial Valley. PMH is committed to providing state-of-the-art healthcare and the highest quality community education. PMH is a level 4 trauma center and offers a modern sixteen-bed emergency facility, staffed with board-certified emergency physicians. Within the Phyllis Dillard Family Medical Center is a dual surgery suite for obstetrical and gynecological surgeries. There are fourteen LDRP (Labor and Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum) suites in our Perinatal Department within the Center and we deliver approximately 1,800 babies per year. Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is proud to be the only ISO 9000:2008 certified hospital in Imperial Valley. ISO 9000:2008 certification is an international signal of our dedication and commitment to protecting our patients’ health and safety while they are with us. To learn more about The Wound Clinic at Pioneers visit http://www.pmhd.org/WoundCare/index.html or call (760) 351-4848.

About Wound Care Advantage
Founded in 2002, Wound Care Advantage’s mission is to heal patients quickly by building strong partnerships with wound centers across the country. Wound Care Advantage provides a variety of services to assist wound centers in developing clinically and financially successful programs. Using a service-based and traditional management approach, Wound Care Advantage focuses over a decade of experience on the core belief that hospitals should control their own destiny. Wound Care Advantage is a privately held company headquartered in Sierra Madre, California. Visit http://www.thewca.com.

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