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Ottumwa Regional Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center Honored with Awards

(Ottumwa, Iowa) – Ottumwa Regional Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center has received the distinguished Center of the Year Award from Healogics, Inc. Nearly 700 Centers had the opportunity to qualify for the award and only 7 centers received it. In order to qualify for this award, stringent quality measure must be met, such as high healing outcomes, low days to heal and excellent patient satisfaction scores.

Ottumwa Regional Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center was also awarded the President’s Circle Robert A. Warriner III, M.D. Center of Excellence Award for outstanding performance. This Center has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal, for a minimum of two consecutive years. The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Out of 340 eligible Centers, 26 were honored with this award nationwide. This award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former Chief Medical Officer for Healogics.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our clinic’s success. I am grateful to the wound clinic staff for their hard work and commitment. They have perfected the skills needed to help patients heal and are dedicated to delivering outstanding results,” said Dr. Jessica Lewis, the Ottumwa Regional Wound Care Medical Director. “Our award-winning care would not be possible without the support of local physicians, nurses, hospital staff, and administrators. We thank you all, and especially our patients for their trust in our healing abilities.

The Ottumwa Regional Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 700 Wound Care Centers, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. The Ottumwa Regional Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center offers 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 negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

“We are all here for the same reason and we never lose focus of that. We strive for the moment our patients get to return back to their normal lives healed, not having to deal with the burden of a chronic wound. I’m truly amazed and blessed to work side by side with such an amazing wound care team,” said Melanie Kipfer, RN, Clinical Program Director.

-This information and photo was submitted as a news release from Ottumwa Regional Health Center.

Accidental Weapon Discharge Leads to Injury

On Sunday, October 8,  shortly before midnight, the Ottumwa Police responded to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center on a report that a patient arrived at the hospital with a possible gunshot wound.

Preliminary investigation suggests that the injuries to the patient were caused by an accidental discharge of a firearm into the ground which caused the bullet to fragment into pieces. The bullet fragment then struck the patient in the foot resulting in minor injury.

This incident occurred in the 200 Block of Clayton Street in Ottumwa. If anyone has information about this shooting they are requested to contact the Ottumwa Police Department at 641-683-0661.

Ottumwa Police Investigate Shooting

Ottumwa Police Officers responded to the 500 Block of Ottumwa Street on a report that someone had been shot with a gun on October 4, 2017 shortly after 9:00 PM.

Police arrived and determined that a victim had been transported to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center via a private vehicle.

The victim that was transported to the hospital was identified as Leon Laroy Stewart, age 34, of 535 Ottumwa Street, Ottumwa. Stewart sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his hand as a result of an altercation with another male near the intersection of 4th Street and Ottumwa Street.

The other person involved in this incident was later located by police and the weapon that was discharged during the altercation was recovered.

The circumstances surrounding this altercation are ongoing in nature. No arrests have been made in connection to this incident. The male who discharged the firearm was released after providing a statement to investigators.



Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings: “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”


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