This newly renovated 3,000 square foot off-campus outpatient facility offers specialized treatment for problematic new and chronic or non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, and other conditions. These are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved during the course of conventional treatment, and can cause severe health risks and may result in debilitating health problems, life-threatening infections, or limb amputations. Chronic wounds are classified as wounds that have not healed in 30 days or more.
“Patients are receiving outstanding, professional, and courteous attention in a timely fashion, and will always be returned to the referring physician once the healing is satisfactory. This addition is part of our goal to provide a complete system of medical and professional care to our patients.” said William Polito, MD, Medical Director of Wound Care Services at Charlotte.
The advanced treatments that are available at the center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The center features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. During the non-invasive procedure, patients receive treatment relaxing on a bed encased in a large see-through plastic shell as they are surrounded by 100 percent oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen medicine may be used to treat wounds related to more than one dozen conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, compromised skin grafts and skin flaps and some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia.
The new program is designed to complement and work in conjunction with the services offered by the patients’ primary care physicians. It operates by appointment and requires a referral from a primary care physician.
William F. Polito MD, who joined the CHH medical staff in 1985, is the Medical Director of Wound Care Services and the center, focusing his inpatient and outpatient practices on the management of acute and chronic wounds. Dr. Polito is a graduate of The University of Connecticut Medical School, and completed his Internship and Surgical Residency at The University of Maryland Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and by the American Board of Surgery.
The Center is managed by CHH and Diversified Services, a Joint Commission certified wound care management company that manages over 325 programs nationwide. Many factors have led to the need for the program, including an aging population, higher rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases, as well as the rise in obesity rates.
Wound care has become increasingly important in recent years due to an aging population, and the increase in patents experiencing diabetes, vascular insufficiencies, and radiation therapy treatments. Each year, there are 1.1 to 1.8 million new cases and approximately 8 million Americas suffering from chronic wounds.
“We are excited to have added this vital service to our continuum of care,” reported Dan McIntyre, CHH president. “Not only does the Center complement the quality care already available at the hospital, but it also serves as a key adjunct to the practices of our referring physicians—both of which will positively impact the health of our community.”
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The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health.