HRMC's Weinzirl Appointed to Wound Care Leadership Role
November 18, 2016
Huron, S.D. – Huron Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Physical Therapist Karmen Weinzirl to the chair of the education committee for the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM)
In applying for the position, Weinzirl explained “I would like to be the education chair for the ACEWM because I recently moved into a leadership position at HRMC and I feel it’s important to be active in our organization.
“I am very passionate about educating others, especially something as important as wound care,” said Weinzirl. “I am also passionate about evidence-based practice to allow our patients to have the very best care possible.”
A physical therapist since 2001, Weinzirl has experience working with a variety of patients and diagnoses. She has worked in several long-term care facilities across South Dakota has been employed at HRMC since March 2011. She was promoted to the director of rehabilitation services in July 2015, where she supervises physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, and also continues with her passion for treating patients, especially wound care patients. She currently is pursuing her CWS credentials.
Throughout her years as a physical therapist, Weinzirl has treated a variety of patients and conditions but has special emphasis in geriatrics, wound care and dementia. She has been a clinical educator on topics including strength training, modality equipment, falls and balance, wound care and dementia. She has developed and assisted in the growth of wound care departments in multiple locations. The wound care program at HRMC has recently grown to employing a part-time physical therapy assistant, a full-time nurse and two PRN nurses. Not only has the department added staff but also they continue adding treatments and interventions to best address each patient’s need.
Weinzirl received her bachelor of arts degree in athletic training from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, and her masters of science degree in physical therapy from Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She currently lives in her hometown of Tulare with her husband, Tony, who works at HRMC in the dietary department, and daughter Kinsey, age 11 and son Kolby, age 9.
The mission of ACEWM is to optimize patient outcomes by advancing through physical therapy the practice of clinical electrophysiology, biophysical agents, and integumentary/wound management.
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