Strong Opens Comprehensive Wound Healing Center
October 29, 1999
Specialized care for healing complicated wounds is available at the new Strong Health Wound Healing Center, opening November 1 in Strong's Ambulatory Care Facility.
The comprehensive program draws on a range of specialty services in a team approach to address non-healing wounds. For some older adults, particularly those with diabetes, insufficient vein or artery function, or other health conditions that may confine them to bed, wounds that do not heal can lead to impairment, disability, and even amputation. The goal of the Wound Healing Center is to coordinate care from experts in various specialties to reduce wound complications, save more limbs from amputation and speed recovery.
The wound care team includes specialists in plastic surgery, vascular surgery, orthopaedic surgery, general surgery, dermatology, endocrinology, podiatry, nursing case management, physical therapy, orthotics, nutrition and social work services.
"Our team has extensive experience in caring for the special needs of patients with problematic, non-healing wounds," said plastic surgeon Joseph Serletti, M.D., who serves as the Center's medical director along with co-directors Mark Davies, M.D., Ph.D., a vascular surgeon, and Andrew Smith, M.D., a plastic surgeon.
"Patients with wound problems related to diabetes, vein and artery problems, pressure ulcers, and wounds from burns or radiation can benefit from our multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment," Smith said. "We provide a resource for physicians to refer patients with non-healing wounds and can offer a wide range of specialty services, coordinated for optimal care."
The program's clinical coordinator Virginia Hanchett, R.N., M.S., is also a wound and ostomy nurse specialist who provides consultations for patients with ostomies. People with ostomies have a surgically created opening, or stoma, on their abdomen to excrete urine or stool. They sometimes have skin problems related to their ostomy appliance. "We are thrilled to offer enterostomal services through the Wound Healing Center and welcome patients who may be having difficulty managing their stomas," Hanchett said.
Patients must be referred to the Wound Healing Center by their physicians. The Center provides evaluation and treatment as well as consultation, in one easily accessible location. For more information about the Wound Healing Center call 716-274-HEAL.