(Torrington, CT) Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Dennis D’Onofrio, DPM, to its physician panel. He joins Medical Director Dr. William Polito, Dr. Asma Qamar, Infectious Disease, and Dr. Darren Winkler, Podiatry.
Dr. D’Onofrio graduated in 1986 from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, was chief resident at the Veterans Affairs Center in West Haven from 1987-1989 and began practicing at Charlotte Hungerford in 1990. Dr. D’Onofrio will see patients at the center which offers leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies and bioengineered tissues to reintroduce the body’s innate ability to heal.
In addition, The Center has received recognition as a “Center for Excellence” indicating the Center has achieved outstanding patient outcomes for the last twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction over 92%, a minimum 91% wound healing rate within 30 median days to heal. Charlotte is the only center in Connecticut to receive this award through the Healogics™ Network of over 500 centers, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating over two million chronic wounds. In Torrington, over 300 patients in the community were provided specialized treatment for chronic and non-healing wounds in the past year.
In the first year of operation, the center is registering a 98% healing rate having seen over 300 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 Center, which opened in the fall of 2011, was experiencing a need for another specialist to care for diabetic foot wounds in our area. With roughly 10,000 diabetic patients in our area, 2.5% of these patients will experience a diabetic foot ulcer this year, and 3 to 5% of these ulcers if left untreated may become severe enough that an amputation will need to be performed in order to save a leg or even the patient’s life.
The advanced treatments offered at the center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, custom offloading casts, 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. Over 30 patients have been treated with Hyperbaric Medicine in our community with some of the conditions listed above.
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.
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. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.