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SBL Advanced Wound Center Receives Honors

June 16, 2017 8:50 a.m.

Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Advanced Wound Center has been recognized with a national award for clinical excellence.

Leaders, physicians and clinicians from Sarah Bush Lincoln gathered recently to celebrate the Center of Distinction award, which was given to Advanced Wound Center by Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company.

“We are proud to be able to offer such a vital service to the people of our community, and to be able to offer it with such a high level of excellence,” SBL President and CEO Jerry Esker said.  “We have an excellent team of doctors and clinical staff who are all dedicated to healing chronic wounds and improving quality of life for people.”

The Advanced Wound Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days. Out of 630 Centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award, 334 achieved this honor in 2017.

The Advanced Wound Center celebrates its fifth anniversary at Sarah Bush Lincoln this year opening in July 2012 to meet the area’s growing needs for wound care treatment. “We are able to offer wound care at the highest level,” Advanced Wound Center Medical Director Robert Biggs, MD, said. “It’s great that people don’t have to travel far from home to get the specialized care they need.”

The Center offers highly specialized wound care to people suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds, which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Some of the leading-edge treatments offered include negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue or skin substitutes to the wound, offloading or total contact casts and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an essential part of chronic wound treatment plans. This type of medical treatment increases the amount of oxygen in the patient’s blood, allowing oxygen to pass more easily through the plasma into wounds. In the chamber, the patient is surrounded with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. Throughout the treatment, the patient is supervised by a specially trained physician and monitored by a technician.

The center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 800 centers, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (217) 238-4850 or go to A physican referral is not needed to make an appointment at the Advanced Wound Center.

Photo Cutline:

Deanna Eberts, Senior Vice President Healogics, (far right) presents the Center of Distinction Award to Advanced Wound Center staff members: (left to right) Greg Spillman, program director; Dr. Robert Biggs, Advanced Wound Center Medical Director; and Sara Cremeens, RN, clinical nurse manager.


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