ALTON — The Wound Care Center at Alton Memorial Hospital is a member of the Healogics network, which is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds.
The third annual Wound Care Awareness Week will be June 6 to June 10. One of nearly 800 Healogics-managed centers, Alton Memorial’s Wound Care Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions.
It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million Americans 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. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and amputation.
“We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” said Dr. D. Scott Covington, chief medical director for Healogics. “We work to educate community physicians about which of their patients can benefit from advanced wound care, and then provide coordinated care to heal that patient’s wounds.”
People with wounds who have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to the AMH Wound Care Center. Visit woundcareawareness.com to learn more about Wound Care Awareness Week and to hear from patients about how wound healing changed their life. To schedule an appointment at AMH, call (618) 433-7066.