Payson Care Recognized By Health Care Industry


Payson Care Center’s advanced wound therapy program has been receiving substantial recognition in Northern Arizona.

After implementing the successful Closed Pulse Irrigation (CPI) wound treatment program, patients began to see significantly improved healing times.

As a result, health care industry referral sources have come to rely on Payson Care Center for successful outcomes on the treatment of these complex wounds often related to diabetes or amputations.

Some of these patients come from 100 miles away, or further, traveling long distances from home, family and familiar surroundings.

Payson Care Center’s hospitality suite and short-term transition rooms often accommodate the patient’s family while the patient is undergoing short-term rehabilitation or post-acute care.

Additionally, Payson Care Center has earned the reputation of having the ability to take on high acuity patients not only in regard to wounds, but also because of their ability to treat tracheotomy patients and those requiring a higher regime of IV antibiotics.

“One notable downside to taking on complicated wound cases,” says Sam Loveless, executive director of Payson Care Center, “is the negative impact it can have on a 5-star rating. The star rating is the way Medicare evaluates the quality of care given by a skilled nursing facility. Medicare does not distinguish between patients who are admitted with a wound and the few who may develop a wound or skin tear while in our care. Despite the negative effect this can have on our facility’s rating, our focus is to regain the quality of life of the patients that are referred to our facility.”

Payson Care Center is one of 228 facilities owned and managed by Life Care Centers of America, one of the largest health care organizations in the U.S.

Payson Care Center was the first Life Care Center to be built in Arizona in 1983 and it currently maintains the capability to care for 121 patients and residents. In addition to caring for higher acuity patients in their short-term rehab unit, Payson Care Center is home to 75 long-term care residents.

Exciting changes are taking place at Payson Care Center. The remodeling of the short-term rehabilitation unit is almost complete and a local artist will soon be displaying renderings of Northern Arizona throughout the building.


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