University Surgical Associates has hired Shana Hilson, MSN, ACNP-BC, CWS, acute care nurse practitioner. Ms. Hilson joins USA with 25 years of nursing experience, including 13 years working in the field of vascular surgery and wound healing. As a certified wound specialist, Ms. Hilson will focus her efforts on treating wounds associated with diabetes, peripheral artery disease, radiation necrosis and lymphedema.
“The process of wound healing can be difficult and time-consuming, and having a specific focus on wound care is critical to serving the diverse needs of our patients including those who have surgical wounds or who have been living with non-healing wounds that may require longer-term management to see results,” said Michael S. Greer, M.D., president of University Surgical Associates. “We’re excited about the expertise that Shana brings and our ability to offer evidence-based and cost-effective management of acute and chronic wounds to our practice. It’s another way we’re expanding our multi-specialty services to help improve the health and quality of life for the patients we serve.”
Ms. Hilson completed her undergraduate studies at UTC, majoring in criminal justice and psychology. She earned an Associate of Science degree in nursing at Chattanooga State Technical Community College before completing a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Chamberlain University College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Il. She then went on to complete a Master of Science in nursing and earn an acute care nurse practitioner certification from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale.
Ms. Hilson is certified as a wound specialist by the American Board of Wound Management. She is also member of the Society for Vascular Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Emergency Nurses Association, the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, and the Chamberlain College of Nursing Honor Society.
“I’ve always had a particular interest in wound care and the ability to dramatically improve a patient’s life with proper treatment,” said Ms. Hilson. “Non-healing wounds can impact many areas of a person’s life – including their mental state and self-esteem. It’s very rewarding to help patients get back to an active and pain-free life.”
For more information about services available at University Surgical Associates, visit universitysurgical.com. To schedule an appointment, call 267-0466.