• Wound 2017
  • Regional Center for Wound Care

    Advanced Healing

    Rome Memorial Hospital’s Regional Center for Wound Care provides comprehensive treatment to help your problem wounds heal faster.

    Patients need a physician’s referral to receive treatment at the center, which provides advanced wound care services, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), for problem wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and non-healing surgical wounds. Other treatment options available include debridement, topical wound therapy, tissue therapy and negative pressure wound therapy.

    Statistics show that each year, approximately six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and many other conditions.

    About 20 percent of wound care patients are candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by increasing the amount of oxygen the blood can carry to promote healing and fight infection. The center has two hyperbaric chambers where patients can pass the time watching television while receiving treatment.

    While the patient breathes 100% oxygen, the pressurized environment of the chamber helps to reduce swelling and discomfort, while providing the body with at least 10 times its normal supply of oxygen to help repair damaged tissue. HBOT is effective in decreasing major amputations in diabetic patients with severe foot ulcers and can also improve a patient’s response to local soft tissue and bone infection.

    You should talk to your doctor about advanced wound care therapy for:
    - any wound that has not healed in 30 days;
    - any wound below the knee, if you have diabetes;
    - any wound below the knee, if you have problems with your veins or circulation;
    - any wound if you have lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma; or
    - if your doctor has suggested the possibility of amputation.

    What to Expect

    On your first visit to the Regional Center for Wound Care, you will undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have, and the underlying problems causing it. Tests may include lab work, diagnostic imaging, transcutaneous oxygen testing, vascular studies, and electrocardiogram.

    The center’s staff will work collaboratively with your personal physician. Staffing the center are: Interim Medical Director: Linda Schicker, MD; Nurse Practitioner: Jennifer Fields, MS, FNP, SANE; Program Director: Melissa Ruddy, RN; Clinical Supervisor: Robin Gookins, RN; Registered Nurse: Amy Pickett, RN; Nurse Assistant: Laina Sweatman; HBO Technicians: Joe Izzo, LPN and Jacy Russ, LPN; and Office Coordinator: Barbara Ruchala.

    Located at Griffiss Business & Technology Park, the Regional Center for Wound Care is located at 267 Hill Road, which can be accessed by turning on Avery between AmeriCU and the Griffiss traffic circle.

    If you are suffering from wounds that need advanced interventions for healing, talk to your physician today for a referral. For more information, please call (315) 338-7540.