St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Staff from the Wound Healing Center the Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness department recently achieved certifications.
Tory Buhnerkempe, RN, and Patsy Lilly, RN, from the hospital’s Wound Healing Center have achieved Certified Wound Care Associate designation from the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM).
The ABWM is dedicated to the multidisciplinary team approach in promoting the science of prevention, care and treatment of acute and chronic wounds. The primary function is to establish and monitor a national certification process; recognize competency; promote education and research; and elevate the standard of care across the continuum of wound management.
To achieve this wound management certification, Buhnerkempe and Lilly were required to achieve a passing score on the examination in order to earn the designation CWCA®. Board certification in wound management is achieved only through a rigorous process by the ABWM. Those who become certified in wound management through the ABWM have earned the professional designation of CWCA®. CWCAs are an elite group of health care professionals involved in wound management.
Sarah Geen, Physical Therapist, from the hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness department, recently achieved certification as a Vestibular Therapy Specialist. Vestibular rehabilitation is a specific approach of physical therapy aimed at decreasing dizziness and imbalance in those patients who have vestibular dysfunctions. The vestibular system assists in postural control, body awareness in space, visual stability with head movement and balance.
To achieve this certification, Geen attended an intense six-day evidence-based course at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. She passed two written exams, and five practical exams.
This certification signifies that Geen has demonstrated the necessary assessment skills and knowledge to treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV); unilateral and bilateral peripheral vestibular disorders; motion sensitivity; central vestibular disorders including concussion, stroke, and traumatic brain injury; and balance, gait and fall risk assessments.