Charlotte Hungerford Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital has welcomed Dr. William Gray as its new Medical Director succeeding Dr. William Polito who has retired after 32 years of service at CHH.
Dr. Gray received his medical degree from the Medical University of the Americas, Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies, and served as chief resident physician at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH. Prior to coming to CHH he was previously served as a Primary Care physician with the Eastern Connecticut Health Network and a Nocturnist with the CT Multispecialty Group of Hartford Hospital.
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Gray to continue the excellent wound care services we offer to those in need of specialized wound care treatments in northwest corner and are so pleased to welcome him to our team of professionals at the center.” said Dan McIntyre, President and Executive Director at CHH.
The Center recently received the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award given to Wound Care Centers in the Healogics network that have met the highest level of quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years. Charlotte Hungerford Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent, a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 31 median days along with several other quality standards for two years in a row. The Center was awarded this prestigious honor by Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company. The award is named for Dr. Warriner, a pioneer in wound care and the former Chief Medical Officer for Healogics. Across the country, 334 Centers were eligible and 169 Centers were honored with this award in 2017.
Dr. William Polito served on the staff of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital for 32 years coming on board in 1985 as the third generation of surgeons to work at the hospital. He was the first medical director at the CHH Wound Care Center which was opened in 2011 on Felicity Drive in Torrington. His father Dr. John “Jack” Polito, MD, served from 1958 to 1991 and his father Dr. Frank Polito served from 1924 to 1962. Together, the Polito family has given a total of 103 years of service to CHH.
“All of us at CHH past and present are also extremely honored by and indebted to the Polito family physicians for the over a century of continuous dedication and personal care they have provided to our community and hospital. We wish Bill the best.” said Brian Mattiello, Vice President of Organizational Development at CHH.
Charlotte Hungerford Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. The advanced treatments 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. The center is designed to complement and work in conjunction with the services offered by the patients’ primary care physicians. It operates by appointment.
The Wound Care Center is part of the CHH Multi-Specialty Group and a member of the Healogics network of nearly 800 Centers, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. The Multi-Specialty Group is a local network of outpatient physician practices and services owned and managed by Charlotte Hungerford Hospital that consist of over 60 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. These outpatient hospital departments coordinate care among a multitude of specialties that include CHH Adult & Pediatric Urology, CHH Behavioral Health Services, CHH Cardiovascular Medicine, CHH Diabetes and Endocrinology, CHH Ear, Nose & Throat, CHH Neurology, CHH Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, CHH Primary Care of Torrington and Thomaston, CHH Pulmonary & Critical Care, CHH Surgical Associates, CHH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and the CHH Medical Walk-In.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, serving a twelve-town primary service area comprised of approximately 100,000 persons. The Hospital also serves as a regional health care resource for the residents of Litchfield County, situated in Northwestern Connecticut. Visit www.charlottehungerford.org
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