Avanté at Boca Raton Claims Vohra Certification

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Avanté at Boca Raton Claims Vohra Certification

Avanté at Boca Raton has been certified as a Vohra Center of Excellence for Wound Management. The facility becomes the fifth Avanté facility in Florida to achieve the Vohra Center of Excellence designation.

Avanté at Boca’s road to the certification came with its share of challenges  . The facility often admits residents with complex acute wounds that require specialist-level care. However, the wound care team never took its focus off giving the best care to their residents with wound issues. The team is led by Vohra Physician Rizwan Kalwar, M.D.

“Where other nursing facilities may avoid admitting patients with complicated wounds, Avanté at Boca Raton takes the challenge head on,” said Kalwar  . “Wounds are not simply stabilized but with proper management we have an expectation for resolution. In addition to the Director of Nursing, I’m fortunate to work alongside their dedicated wound care nurse, Marie Appolon, and the supporting nursing staff. I’m happy to be a part of their journey in becoming a Vohra Center of Excellence.”

Avanté at Boca boasts strong wound healing rates. Despite admitting residents with complicated wounds and multiple comorbidities, the facility is completely resolving 50% of its residents’ pressure injuries within 4 weeks.

For Appolon, helping to heal wounds is what motivates her. “That’s why I do this,” Appolon said. “I truly love seeing these bad wounds upon admission, treating and healing them. It’s a wonderful feeling  .”

Additionally, Appolon is expertly trained in wound care having recently completed the Vohra Wound Care Certification Course online at www.cert.vohrawoundcare.com.

“When the director of nursing asked me to be the wound care nurse here, I wanted to get wound certified, Appolon said. “I chose to complete the online course from Vohra. I got a lot out of the program. The education provided helped me clarify certain wound types. It helped me learn how to clearly identify venous and arterial wounds and diabetic wounds. After doing the reading and looking at the examples, I understood it better. The program made it simple to learn.”

Director of Nursing, Marie Claude Benoit recognizes the achievement comes as a result of a full team effort. “I’d like to thank Dr. Vohra’s group for bringing us to this level,” said Benoit. “This award of excellence and recognition for our facility is a great thing for Avante of Boca. I am extremely honored to be a part of the team. It’s a team that loves what it’s doing. Dr. Kalwar is exceptional. Marie is beyond one’s comprehension as a nurse and wound care specialist.”

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About Vohra Wound Physicians:

Founded in 2000, Vohra Wound Physicians is the leading physician network devoted to post-acute wound care in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. More than 240 physicians provide bedside care for patients in more than 2500 facilities across 27 states. We support our physicians and partners through our proprietary electronic health system, telehealth platforms, robust wound predictive tools, and the most accessible and active education programs.


About Avanté at Boca Raton:

(Courtesy: www.avantecenters.com) As beautiful as the prestigious city that surrounds it, the renovated Avanté at Boca Raton offers both short and long-term care that is unsurpassed in terms of both the staff and the services it provides. Conveniently located just a few blocks from Boca Raton Community Hospital, this site has a combination of features that make it stand out — concierge services, courtyard, valet parking and much more. Our intimate rehabilitation center boasts thirty private room suites for your comfort and convenience.


Pictured L to R: Magalie Bertrand; Director of Nursing Marie Claude Benoit; Vohra Certified Wound Nurse Marie Appolon; Dr. Rizwan Kalwar, MD 

Author: Janet S. Mackenzie, MD, ABPS, CWSP, AAGP

Janet S Mackenzie MD, ABPS, CWSP, AAGP is the Chief Medical Officer at Vohra Wound Physicians. She has been with the company since 2013 and has almost 30 years of wound care experience as both a plastic surgeon and a wound care specialist. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Education, she obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She trained in general surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and plastic surgery at McGill University. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Wound Management, and the American Board of General Medicine, and is a Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP).

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