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The National Alliance of Wound Care (NAWC) has recently surpassed a total membership of 2500 health care professionals, with membership projected to exceed 3000 by the end of 2006. This accrediting body, which offers qualified health care providers the wound care certified (WCC) credential, will enter its 5th year of operation in 2007.


Members of the NAWC include all levels of licensed nurses, therapists, and physicians and their assistants. In an effort to improve the organization's value to its members, the NAWC will be offering a benefit package in the upcoming month. The NAWC will be offering 3 levels of membership: Affiliate Practitioner WCC, Nonaffiliate Practitioner, and Student. Benefits will include a personal password for the members-only section of the NAWC Web site, convention discounts, an individual subscription to Advances in Skin & Wound Care, networking opportunities, special interest groups, E-mentoring, and discounts on AFLAC products, to name a few. In addition, corporate membership packages will be offered to industry suppliers interested in supporting the efforts of the NAWC.


The NAWC is dedicated to unifying wound care providers from varied educational disciplines of the health care continuum in an effort to streamline the delivery of quality care to all patients through certification of its practitioners. For more information on the benefits of becoming a member at any level, or how to become certified, contact Debbie Hecker, MBA, RN, WCC, Executive Director, at 877-922-6292, or visit the NAWC Web site,



The American Academy of Wound Management (AAWM) has elected new officers. They are: President, Charles F. Gokoo, MD, CWS, FCCWS, Medical Director, American Medical Technologies, Santa Anna Heights, CA; President- Elect, Cynthia Fleck, MBA, BSN, RN, ET/WOCN, CWS, DNC, DAPWCA, FCCWS, Vice President of Clinical Marketing, Medline Industries, Mundelein, IL; Treasurer, Stan K. McCallon, MPT, CWS, FCCWS, Director of Wound Care Services, Promise Hospital of Shreveport, Shreveport, LA; Secretary, Mona Baharestani, PhD, ANP, CWOCN, CWS, FAPWCA, FCCWS Director of Wound Healing, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY; and Immediate Past President, Heather Hettrick, PhD, PT, CWS, MLT, FCCWS, Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University Department of Physical Therapy, New York, NY.


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