Local Wound Care Center® Participates in Second Annual Wound Care Awareness WeekMay 3, 2015
The Southwest Regional Medical Center Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center (WCHC), a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The second annual Wound Care Awareness Week, sponsored by Healogics, is being held from June 1 to June 5. One of nearly 800 Healogics managed centers, WCHC offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education and help staff identify patients that may benefit from advanced wound care.
“Our center has benefitted so many here in the community,” shared Sherry Chappell, Director of the Southwest Regional Medical Center Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. “Our wound healing rate is over 94% and our patient satisfaction rate is 95%. It is wonderful to see the quality of life for our patients improve so dramatically.”
It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising. This increase is fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
“Many patients live with chronic wounds for months or even years. Because of the lack of awareness of advanced wound care, physicians do not always know when it is appropriate to refer these patients to a Wound Care Center for treatment,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Director for Healogics, Inc. Covington goes on to say, “Advanced wound care, as part of a comprehensive care plan, can help heal patients faster than traditional methods. It is our mission to raise awareness of the chronic wound problem as well as the benefits of advanced wound care in the communities we serve.”
People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to WCHC, which is located at 220 Greene Plaza in Waynesburg. To schedule an appointment, please call 724.627.1600.
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