Staff of the Alton Memorial Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center gathered recently with AMH senior leadership to celebrate the Center of Distinction award. Front row left to right are Kathy Kliefoth, RN; Kary Holliday, RN; Dr. Valinda Allen, MD, medical director; Tammy Miller, front office coordinator; and Tonya Ballard, safety director; second row, left to right, Jana Lybarger, RN; Erin Vehige, Wound Care Center consultant; Dave Braasch, AMH President; Susan Koesterer, AMH Finance director; Erica Brown, clinical nurse manager; Rayne Wills, LPN; and Kathy Ridenhour, RN; back row left to right, Matt Flick, program director; Bryan Hartwick, AMH Human Resources; Debbie Turpin, vice president of Clinical Care Services; Rusty Ingram, director of Business Development; Bernice Smith, RN; Dr. Olusegun Coker, MD; Dr. Jacob Lamb, DPM; and Brad Goacher, vice president of Operations. Not pictured is Dr. Krista Nelson, DPM.

ALTON – Alton Memorial Hospital physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently to celebrate the Center of Distinction Award, which was given to the AMH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center by Healogics Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

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The Center has achieved outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction of 96 percent, a minimum 94 percent wound healing rate within 21 median days to heal, and other quality outcomes.

There were 512 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award in 2015, and only 221 achieved the honor.  The AMH Wound Care Center has earned the award five out of the eight years it was eligible to win -- the most in the Midwest.

The Wound Care Center is a member of Healogics, a network of more than 708 centers, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating more than 2.5 million chronic wounds. Since 2005, the AMH Wound Care Center has offered highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

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“Our Wound Care Center heals chronic wounds of patients who might otherwise experience an amputation or other life-threatening conditions,” said Dave Braasch, president of Alton Memorial Hospital. “We are proud to provide this specialized and needed service to our community.”

“We’re honored, “said Dr. Valinda Allen, medical director for the AMH Wound Care Center. “It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the hospital, physicians and Healogics. Together, we are able to heal patients in our community, getting them get back to living happy, healthy lives.”

For more information about the AMH Wound Care Center, call 618-433-7066.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage more than 550 wound care centers in the United States and see nearly 250,000 patients per year through a connected network of centers, partner hospitals, academic medical centers, patients and families. Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population.  For more information or to find a Wound Care Center near you, please visit


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