Employee Spotlight: Holly Desimone, BSN, RN, WCC, Vice President of Clinical at Pensar Medical

Feb 6, 2024

Welcome to our Employee Spotlight series, where we feature the incredible talents and stories of our team members at Pensar Medical. We’re excited to share our interview with Holly Desimone, BSN, RN, WCC, Vice President of Clinical, and a dedicated and passionate member of the Pensar team. With over 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector, Holly brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and innovation to her role.

Where are you based?

Rhode Island

How long have you been part of the Pensar team?

7 plus years

What do you do at Pensar Medical?

I enjoy maintaining relationships with clinicians, from nursing directors to nurses working at the bedside. My role involves addressing questions about our devices and collaborating with clinicians to find the best solutions through educational support to impact positively on a patient’s outcome.

I also work closely with representatives at medical DMEs, supporting them in using Pensar’s products and maintaining strong relationships, as well as with physicians who are utilizing the devices.  Helping to review new products and being involved in research and development have always been one of my favorite things to work on.

How did you originally join Pensar Medical?

I was working with nurses on Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) and kept hearing about Pensar’s products, particularly the WoundPro™. I was already consulting with many of their clients through my business when the owners reached out to me. They asked if I could provide my expertise to help clinicians use their devices more effectively. I began consulting with them and have enjoyed working with their accounts very much. 

What do you hope to accomplish at Pensar Medical in the next few years?

I am excited about helping to introduce new pumps and technology that will simplify the nurses’ interaction and experience.  We are also focusing on improving our support, which I believe will lead to better outcomes in wound care. The end-goal for all of us is to be a part of enhancing positive outcomes. 

What do you see as the biggest challenge ahead?

Nurses are stretched incredibly thin, which makes it hard for them to find time to learn new technologies. Therefore, it’s important to make devices easier to use and monitor.  The less time nurses spend figuring out complicated processes, the more time they have for their patients. For example, our MicroDoc® device is great because it is a one-button operation.  It’s “error-free.” 

We are also improving our other pumps, which are being developed to minimize room for error. Ease of use is one of the main goals in developing new features and products. 

How did you get into the field of wound care?

I didn’t originally plan on becoming a nurse. My first career was in finance and accounting. However, everything changed when my dad got a small wound on his finger, which quickly became worse and led to his passing from sepsis 30 days later.  I was in my 20s and I could not comprehend emotionally what had happened.  My dad was a strong and healthy man, so it made no sense.  A few months later, I enrolled back in college to pursue my BSN in nursing. I was driven to learn how a tiny wound could cause so much devastation so quickly. I was also driven to advocate for supportive education.

I worked through acute care, LTC, hospice, consulted, and no matter where I was, there were always wounds.  I was like a sponge trying to learn as much as possible. To make even a small difference in wound care means so much to me on both a personal and professional level. I also want to be a collaborative support to nurses who work so hard, especially because I understand how much a patient’s wound concerns a nurse. This personal experience makes me care for each patient as if they were family. When I help a nurse with education or collaboration, I think of my dad, and it inspires me to never stop.

What is your background in the field?

I’ve been working in healthcare for over 25 years, and it’s my passion. Besides my role at Pensar Medical, I run Clinical Edge Consulting LLC, which focuses on educating and providing resources about wound care. I’m particularly interested in prevention and love teaching others about it.

My nursing career has covered many areas. I’ve worked in acute care hospitals within high-risk maternity, in postpartum care at med/surg, long-term care facility (SNF), was an Interim DNS for a year, have been a hospice liaison for wound care, and served as VP of Clinical for several companies. I enjoyed being a legal consultant doing chart reads for legal teams.  I have also been involved in R&D, creating NPWT kits and wound dressings,

In my role as an educator, I use my experience in hopes of improving care for patients and support nurses. After 25 years in healthcare, I’m as dedicated as ever to work in this field.

What’s your vision for Pensar’s future?

I am constantly looking for innovative solutions in wound care. It’s crucial in our field to stay ahead and find the next big thing. We have been addressing wound care for a long time, focusing on healing existing wounds and preventing avoidable ones. My aim is to keep working closely with Pensar to improve our products in ways that impact both the nurse and the patient. Innovation is a continuous process that I hope to be part of.  The more solutions created, the better.

There are so many things at Pensar that excite me. The potential for growth, innovation, and the impact we can have on patient care fuels my enthusiasm every day. Pensar has been so open to listening to nursing views, and I will continue to highlight that impact and bring in more nursing innovation.

What’s a fun fact about you?

My family has spent years volunteering for a dog rescue. Currently, we have three dogs, one of which is disabled.  We’ve fostered and adopted special needs dogs through the years, which has been incredibly fulfilling. It’s a joy to always have a bark in our house and help as many dogs as we can.

What’s a “positive result” you hope to impart on the field of wound care?

As a big advocate for prevention, I am hopeful to see a reduction in wounds that are preventable. This involves not only developing effective education programs but also engaging in continuous dialogue with nurses and representatives to enhance our collective understanding and strategies for prevention. As nurses, we are always looking for new ways to do better and steps that nurses and patients can take to avoid wounds altogether or reduce healing times when a wound does occur.