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Laurel Regional wound care center awarded Center of Distinction Status

While concerns of Laurel Regional Hospital's planned closure have residents and staff shaken, the facility's Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center was awarded Center of Distinction Status for 2015 by the Healogics network, according to Erika Murray, spokeswoman for hospital owner Dimensions Healthcare System.

Murray said Laurel Regional's wound care center will remain open when the transition is complete, since it is an outpatient center. The center treats patients who suffer from chronic wounds, including diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers and infections as well as other wounds that haven't healed in a reasonable time period.

The award recognition announced Monday comes nearly eight months after Dimensions announced Laurel Regional's transition into a 24-hour ambulatory care center. The hospital's maternal and child health unit closed in October 2015 and staff faced layoffs in the in-patient care unit.

For 12 consecutive months, the Laurel Regional Hospital Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes, Murray said, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. Laurel's center is among 800 centers in the Healogics network.

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