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National wound care company to keep headquarters in Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and JAXUSA Partnership, a division of JAX Chamber, announced that Jacksonville-based Diversified Clinical Services, which merged with Boca Raton, Florida-based National Healing Corporation to create the largest provider of wound care and related disease management in the country, will keep and expand the headquarters of the new company in Jacksonville.

The company, which will now be known as National Healing Corporation, is making a significant investment in the city, relocating to a new facility on the Southside of Jacksonville in March 2012. With the move, National Healing will expand from 23,000 to 35,000 square feet. Within its new location, National Healing is building a state-of-the-art, high-tech training center that will serve as a global hub for wound care education where hundreds of doctors, nurses and other medical technicians will be trained monthly.

National Healing, which has 2,000 employees nationwide, will add to its staff in Jacksonville, expanding from 80 to 145 employees. National Healing manages more than 500 wound care centers in more than 10 percent of the hospitals in the nation, including Baptist Beaches and Baptist Downtown in Jacksonville. The company provides hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long‐term acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home health care and physician management with the innovation, resources and talent to provide more patients with affordable access to life‐saving wound care.

“The decision to keep our company here in Jacksonville was based on several factors,” said Jeff Nelson, president of the company. “The City of Jacksonville offers our company and our employees a family friendly atmosphere, significant growth opportunities and a friendly business environment. We have our roots here in Jacksonville and are happy to announce that this wonderful city will be our home for many years to come. We are poised for continued growth and we appreciate all of the support we have received from the Governor, Mayor Brown, the city and JAXUSA.”

National Healing received $200,000 from the State of Florida through the Quick Action Closing Fund, one of the state’s economic development incentives. Designed to target the needs of the company and the development plans of localities and the state, Florida offers a variety of performance-based incentives. A closing fund award is paid out based on specific project criteria outlined in a performance-based contract between the company and the State of Florida. Florida will continue to invest in those who invest and expand in the Sunshine State.

The company will increase investments in clinical care, program development, and education and training, while improving comprehensive wound care therapy programs to find the most effective solutions for reducing costs associated with chronic wounds and to continue to meet the critical needs of patients suffering from debilitating and chronic wounds.

“The Jacksonville region places a strong emphasis on the growth of its life sciences industry sector. With the merger of these two great companies and the decision to keep the headquarters here in Jacksonville, we have further enhanced the reputation of our city as a leader in the industry,” said Robert Hill, JAXUSA Partnership Chair.

For more information, visit www.nationalhealing.com.


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