The Alton Memorial Hospital Wound Care Center staff includes (seated, from left) registered nurse Kary Holliday, Medical Director Dr. Valinda Allen, Wound Care Center consultant Erin Vehige, Safety Director Tonya Ballard; (standing, from left) registered nurse Kathy Kliefoth, program director Matt Flick, Front Desk Coordinator Tammy Miller, registered nurse Kathy Ridenhour, licensed professional nurse Rayne Wills, registered nurse and Clinical Coordinator Erica Brown and AMH Vice President of Operations Brad Goacher.
ALTON — The Wound Care Center at Alton Memorial Hospital, 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 1-5.
One of nearly 800 Healogics managed centers, the Alton Memorial Hospital Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center 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 to help staff identify patients who may benefit from advanced wound care.
It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. 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. 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,” said Dr. D. Scott Covington, chief medical director for Healogics Inc. “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. 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 who have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to Alton Memorial Hospital Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine. For information about Wound Care Awareness Week, visit www.woundcareawareness.com. To schedule an appointment, call (618) 433-7066 or visit www.altonmemorialhospital.org. For more information about Healogics, visit www.healogics.com.