Another Successful Year at the CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

Once again The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center has received recognition as a “Center for Excellence” for 2013 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.

 “I am very proud of my team; this award highlights the mission we all share here. We strive not only for great clinical outcomes but we try to get to know each patient to make their experience special.” said Michael Wildman, Program Director of the Center.

Charlotte is one of the few centers in Connecticut to receive this award through Healogics™, the largest provider of wound care and related disease management in the country with a network of over 550 wound care centers nationwide, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating over two million chronic wounds. In Torrington, over 500 patients in the community were provided specialized treatment for chronic and non-healing wounds this past year.

The Center has also added Darren Winkler, DPM, and Dennis D’Onofrio, DPM, from Podiatric Surgery to its physician panel. He joins Medical Director Dr. William Polito and Dr. Asma Qamar, Infectious Disease. The Center, which opened in the fall of 2011, was experiencing a need for specialists 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. “It takes a well-focused multispecialty group with very specific goals in mind in order to take a patient from a limb or life threatening situation to getting them back to a high quality standard of living. Podiatry is often the gate keeper of this discipline as we often have the first encounter with these types of patients. It has always been tremendously rewarding treating these types of patients, but now with the multidisciplinary approach offered at the center, we are seeing outstanding results” said Dr. Dennis D’Onofrio, FACFAS.

In addition to the award, four Center staff members also recently received their National Certification in Hyperbaric Medicine after completing difficult coursework and operating the hyperbaric chamber for 480 hours. Congratulations to Marcy Barnett, Lead CHT, Donna McMannus, Clinical Coordinator RN CHT, Jennifer Hodgkin, RN CHT and Michael Wildman, PD.

Since opening in 2011, the center registered a 97% healing rate having seen over 800 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 specific nutritional needs from a wound healing prospective. The staff also actively refers patients to physical therapy and the lymphedema clinic as well as working closely with local Visiting Nurse Organizations and Long Term Care Facilities.

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 25 patients have been treated with Hyperbaric Medicine in our community in 2013.

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.

 

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