The Ridley-Tree Center for Wound Management at Goleta Valley College Hospital celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday upon receiving two awards from the Florida-based wound care company Healogics Inc. The “Center of Distinction Award” and the “Center of Excellence Award” recognize the wound center’s 100 percent patient satisfaction score for the past year.
The center, holding a minimum wound healing rate of 93 percent within 30 median days, was selected for the distinction award among 800-plus wound care centers tracked by Healogics. The center achieved high scores for two consecutive years, earning it the excellence award.
“The awards honor the work of our wonderful staff and the excellent level of care they provide to all our patients every day,” said the center’s Service Line Director Susan San Marco in a Cottage Health press release.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a medical treatment offered by the wound center, is crucial to the healing process of many patients, added Cottage in the release. By breathing 100 percent oxygen in the high-pressure HBOT chamber, white blood cells are strengthened to repair damaged tissue. With the use of four hyperbaric chambers, the wound center cares for over 13,000 patients each year at its two locations in Goleta and Solvang.