Press Release Wound Infection Contol MRI 
Monday, 13 June 2005 

Wound Healing Center
William (Bill) Burns, a RN and Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Specialist/Enterostomal Therapist (WOCN/ET) has been named program coordinator for Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s new Wound Healing Center.  The wound healing center will be located at the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center.   He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in nursing at Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and he earned his WOCN/ET certification at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Burns has well-rounded clinical experience, including pediatric, medical/surgical, critical care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and emergency nursing.   His practical experience includes a full scope of specialty care in diabetic foot care, conservative sharp wound debridement, silver nitrate application for opening closed wound margins, and other areas of practice.  Prior to joining the medical center, Burns was a clinical nurse specialist WOCN/ET and staff nurse at St. Joseph’s-Candler Hospital System in Savannah, Georgia. 

Infection Control
Janet Briggs, RN, BSN, joins the clinical quality department as its infection control nurse.  She comes to the medical center from Boston, Massachusetts where she served for four years as the infection control nurse at Caritas Carney Hospital, a 150 bed community hospital.  Prior to this position, she served for 11 years as a renal nurse at the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center where she was responsible for total care of acute and chronic renal patients while undergoing hemodialysis.  She also served for 14 years as an in-service consultant to long term care facilities where she was responsible for development and presentation of nursing educational programs.

            Briggs earned her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Boston University and bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology with biology minor from Suffolk University.  She is certified in Infection Control Practice and Epidemiology, and recently received two awards recognizing her professional contribution to Infection Control, including the William Rutala Award for work in Environmental Disinfection and Sterilization and a Blue Ribbon Award for excellence for an oral abstract presented at the 2004 APIC Conference. 

Imaging Services
Rebecca (Becky) Pitchford, R.T. (R) (MR) joined the imaging services department as the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Supervisor.  Pitchford has more than 15 years experience as a MRI technologist and 25 years of Radiology experience.  She earned her certification as a radiologic technologist at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.    Prior to joining the medical center, she was a MRI technologist at MRI at Belfair, and a former Applications Specialist who taught MRI to facilities needing MRI education and instruction.  Pitchford has extensive training in many areas of MRI, including breast MRI imaging, cardiac, vascular, neurology, orthopedic, and body MRI.