TROY — Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) will open a new comprehensive center for specialized treatment of wounds on Monday, Aug. 17.
The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at UVMC will provide specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.
Chronic wounds affect more than 6.7 million patients in the U.S., and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.
Often associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and ultimately can lead to amputations. When such wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for effective healing. The new Center will offer leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.
UVMC will offer these specialized services through a partnership with Healogics, the world’s largest wound care management company with nearly 800 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“Of special importance to our hospital, Healogics Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes,” said Dan Bailey, DPM, UVMC Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.
For calendar year 2014, Healogics reports over two million patient visits leading to a 91 percent healing rate within 30 median days-to-heal, and a 93 percent mean score for patient satisfaction.
“We follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care,” said Gena Cornett, BSN,MBA, Program Director of the new center. “Our state-of-the-art treatment practices and protocols are designed to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal.”
“The center uses an interdisciplinary model of care” said Kay Rickey, RN, MS, CNS, CWOCN, wound care Clinical Coordinator. “This includes infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, radiology testing, and debridement to address total patient health.”
The Wound Care Center® is made up of a team of professionals including physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy; nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds; technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies; and experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing.
The services are designed to complement your physician’s care. Patients are frequently referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Based on an extensive evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Care is usually administered on an outpatient basis.
The Wound Care Center® and Hyperbaric Services at UVMC will be located in the UVMC Physician Office Building, suites 101-103. To learn more, call (937) 440-7888.
The new Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at Upper Valley Medical Center will provide specialized treatment for patients with chronic or non-healing sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. The center will open Monday, Aug. 17.