August 15th, 2007

Great River Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic has achieved three-year accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. The clinic is the second in Iowa to receive this voluntary accreditation.

Hyperbaric facilities must meet more than 700 standards to become accredited. They include patient care and rights, administration, education, infection control, maintenance and quality. Only 10 percent of hyperbaric clinics nationwide are accredited.

“Receiving accreditation indicates that we are giving the highest standards of care in our hyperbaric clinic,” said Donna Williams, Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic supervisor.

The Wound and Hyperbaric Clinic opened in 2004 and has provided more than 5,000 treatments to patients who meet indications for hyperbaric treatment. This is the second distinction for the clinic in a year. Last August, Great River Medical Center became the first hospital in Iowa to earn Joint Commission disease-specific certification for certification for outpatient wound management.

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society is a nonprofit professional organization that serves members in more than 50 countries. It is a member of the Joint Commission’s Liaison Network and uses the commission’s guidelines for accreditation.