Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at 7 Felicity Lane in Torrington is celebrating a year serving the community and expanding its medical staff. Dr. William Polito, M.D., Medical Director of Wound Care Services at Charlotte, and his staff offer comprehensive wound care services in conjunction with the care offered by the patients’ primary care physicians.
CHH is also pleased to announce to addition of Dr. Darren Winkler, DPM, to the medical staff at the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Locally based in Torrington, Dr. Winkler graduated from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and is Board Qualified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He will be serving patients with the Center’s Medical Director William Polito, M.D, and Asma Qamar, M.D. He specializes in treating foot wounds especially those related to diabetes, and will be conducting appointments at the center during selected office hours.
“We are very excited about the addition of Dr. Winkler to the medical staff here at the Wound Care Center. Winkler brings his years of experience and expertise, which separates Charlotte Hungerford as the premier treatment center for chronic foot ulcers especially those related to diabetes.” said the Center’s Program Director Michael Wildman. “I am very pleased with the first year progress and our close knit team, and proud of the service and staff we have assembled to focus exclusively on healing and preventing future wounds for our patients.” He added.
The 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 ulcers 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.
In the first year of operation, the center is registering a 98% healing rate having seen over 250 wound patients. The staff refers patients identified as having a nutritional deficit to the Hospital’s Nutrition Department, which has set up special education classes to address wound care patient’s specific nutritional needs. The staff also actively refers patients to physical therapy and a lymphedema clinic when needed. “These type of relationships and programs set us apart from other wound care centers because our philosophy is to consider the larger picture rather than just the patient’s wound itself.” said Wildman.
The advanced treatments offered 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 state of the art hyperbaric oxygen chambers. During the non-invasive treatments, patient’s lie on a bed in an enclosed see through acrylic shell, breathing 100% oxygen under pressure. The pressure drives oxygen deep into body tissue and promotes healing. 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.
CHH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine operates by appointment and accepts all forms of insurance. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Physician referrals are not required. For more information or appointments, call (860) 489-0418.
Torrington native Michael Berti has experienced very persistent wounds for many years that would not heal. After trying many types of treatments and living with an incredible amount of discomfort and pain, Michael’s physician Dr. William Polito informed him that Charlotte was opening up a local center dedicated exclusively to treating wounds such as his. He immediately told the doctor that he wanted to be its first patient.
Michael did indeed begin treatments and became the first person to utilize the Center’s Hyperbaric Chamber, an enclosed full body unit that incorporates the therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure to enhance the healing process.
“The staff is like family and does a very good job at making the experience
as comfortable and pleasant as possible during my sessions. Whether I watch movie or take a relaxing nap the time goes by fast.”
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. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.