First Disease-Specific Care Certification for Wound Care in Los Angeles
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., July 11, 2017 – The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing at Sherman Oaks Hospital -- an outpatient, hospital-based program that specializes in the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds -- today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Wound Care Management Certification. Obtaining this certification reflects the hospital’s commitment of supporting the community with the most advanced healing techniques that aid and accelerate the healing process of problem wounds.
The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing at Sherman Oaks Hospital is one of 33 wound care clinics in the country, fourth in California, and the first in Los Angeles to have met The Joint Commission’s stringent standards and clinical practice guidelines for wound care and receive the Disease-Specific Care certification.
“We are very pleased to be the first wound care center in Los Angeles to have earned the Disease-Specific Care Certification for Wound Care,” said Bockhi Park, CEO for Sherman Oaks Hospital. “Our multidisciplinary team is committed to providing advanced, specialized treatment to those suffering from chronic or non-healing wounds and this recognition confirms that commitment.”
To receive the Disease-Specific Care certification, The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing at Sherman Oaks Hospital successfully demonstrated compliance in the following three core areas:
- Follow nationally accepted standard of care
- Use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
- Have an approach to use performance measurements to improve patient care
“The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing at Sherman Oaks Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with problem wounds,” said Patrick Phelan, Executive Director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing for becoming a leader in wound care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients with chronic or non-healing wounds in its community.”
There are over 6.5 million people in the U.S. with chronic or slow-to-heal wounds and that number is likely to rise due to an aging population and an increase in diabetes and obesity. Chronic wounds left untreated can lead to diminished quality of life, possible amputation, and even death. “The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing at Sherman Oaks Hospital is equipped with cutting-edge technology and treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to evaluate wounds and help them heal better and faster to improve patients’ overall quality of life,” said Dr. Som Kohanzadeh, Medical Director of The Center for Reconstruction and Wound Healing. “Although not every patient can be guaranteed a positive outcome, our diversity of experiences and dedication to excellence sets our Center apart. We are incredibly proud of this team and their dedication to providing outstanding patient care.”
About Sherman Oaks Hospital
Sherman Oaks Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare, is an award-winning, 153-bed nonprofit community hospital centrally located in Sherman Oaks, California. Serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks Hospital is staffed with over 700 employees and an extraordinary team of physicians. The hospital and its wound center are known for advanced technology and provide 24/7 emergency care in addition to a full range of specialized medical, surgical, diagnostic, and hyperbaric medicine services to improve and save lives. In 2017, Sherman Oaks Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics® for the second consecutive year. Please visit us at