Irene Rupp Hodge, MD Earns Certification in Wound Management

June 13, 2018

Irene Rupp Hodge, MD, CWSP

Frisbie Memorial Hospital physician, Dr. Irene P. Rupp Hodge, earned board certification status as a Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP®) by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM). Dr. Hodge is board certified also in infectious diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is medical director of Frisbie’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, which has been recognized, for the sixth consecutive year, as a Center of Distinction and Center of Excellence for achieving continued excellence in wound healing and surpassing key performance indicators.

Qualified candidates for certification in wound management are required to achieve a passing score on the examination in order to earn the designation CWSP. 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 have earned the professional designation of CWSP. CWSPs are an elite group of healthcare professionals involved in wound management.

The CWSP credential is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting body of the institute for Credentialing Excellence. The CSWP program received accreditation for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs, which ensures certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry.

Established in 1995, the American Board of Wound Management 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 evaluate 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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