McNish Earns Elite Board Certification in Wound Care

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (June 19, 2018) – Karla Ann McNish, M.D., has earned the designation of Certified Wound Specialist Physician® (CWSP®) of the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM), joining an elite group of healthcare professionals involved in wound management. 

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 may earn the professional designation of CWSP®. 

Developed specifically for physicians, this board certification is a formal recognition of a master level knowledge and specialty practice in wound management.  Obtaining this certification demonstrates a physician’s dedication to the highest standards of wound care, which is essential in the development of a comprehensive wound management program.  Physicians with three or more years of clinical wound care experience are eligible for the certification.    

A graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Dr. McNish specializes in family medicine, having been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2015.  She began her career at Halifax Health as a family medicine resident in 2007 and was a winner of the residency program’s Gillespy Award, which is presented annually by the hospital’s nurses to family medicine residents who exemplify the characteristics of a caring physician.

From 2010 to 2017, Dr. McNish served as the primary care provider for Halifax Health’s community clinic.  In 2014, she earned her first wound care certification from the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy.  Currently, she provides physician services for Halifax Health Medical Center’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy programs in the Halifax Health - Center for Advanced Wound Healing.

The Halifax Health - Center for Advanced Wound Healing features three Hyperbaric Oxygen chambers.  Treatment modalities available include: patient and wound assessment; measurement and photographic documentation; initial and ongoing reports to primary care physician; debridement to aid in the removal of infected, damaged or dead tissue by surgical or alternative means; laboratory and vascular evaluation; advanced biological grafts; advanced wound dressings; prosthetic and pressure relief assistance; Vacuum Assisted Closure® and Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy.     

For more information on the services offered by the Halifax Health - Center for Advanced Wound Healing, call 386.425.4267 or visit halifaxhealth.org/wound-care.

Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

About the American Board of Wound Management

Established in 1995, the American Board of Wound Management (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/research, and elevate the standard of care across the continuum of wound management.  Currently, the ABWM has certified approximately 4,000 individuals nationwide with their three wound management designations.

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