MALVERN, Pa., Sept. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On this day in 1995, a dream was realized: The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) was incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in Pennsylvania. Fifteen multidisciplinary specialists comprised the first AAWC Board of Directors led by Founding President Evonne Fowler, RN (1995-1998), who deemed AAWC "an association created by design and driven by passion."
AAWC is the largest, not-for-profit membership organization in the US dedicated to interprofessional wound healing and tissue preservation. With a mission to advance the care of people with and at risk for wounds, AAWC's focus is on education, public policy, and evidence-based care.
Many other Association Presidents have taken the helm to ensure AAWC's steadfast direction including Morris Kerstein, MD (1998-2000); Dot Weir, RN (2000-2002); Robert Kirsner, MD (2002-2004); Diane Krasner, RN (2004-2005); John Macdonald, MD (2005-2008); William Ennis, DO (2008-2010); Terry Treadwell, MD (2010-2012); Robert Snyder, DPM (2012-2014); and Vickie Driver, DPM (2014-2016).
"AAWC is privileged to be supported by numerous past and current board members and volunteers. Our position as the leading organization for wound care in the US is evident through recognized efforts with governmental healthcare agencies as well as reverence by an increasing corporate support base," stated AAWC President Dr. Vickie R. Driver.
AAWC Executive Director Tina Thomas, who has been with the association for nearly 17 years, added, "With nearly 2300 members nation-wide and abroad, AAWC has grown tremendously due to inspiring individuals who agree that by working together as a multidisciplinary community we will achieve great outcomes for the wound care field."
AAWC offers membership to healthcare professionals, patients, lay-caregivers, clinics/facilities, corporations, students, retirees, and advocates. Professional members include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, researchers, educators and other healthcare professionals. The organization rounds out its constituency with over 240 patient and lay-caregiver members who receive targeted information free of charge.
Professional membership benefits include discounts on premier conferences and access to members-only interactive tools and information. Several leadership opportunities exist via the AAWC Global Volunteers program, AAWC Speakers Bureau, AAWC Scholarship Program, state-of-the-art AAWC Career Center, and the option to participate on over 30 committees and task forces.
AAWC is sustained on membership dues and donations. Tax-deductible contributions are accepted via a Giving Program, which allows donors to choose where funds are applied. Learn more at www.aawconline.org.
SOURCE Association for the Advancement of Wound Care