Heidi Press, Public Relations Specialist
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
44405 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341
PRESSH@trinity-health.org SJMO Opens Wound Care Center
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland To Open Center For Wound Care And Hyperbaric Medicine
Center to Utilize Evidence-Based, Advanced Therapies to Improve Healing Rates for Complex Wounds Over Shorter Periods of Time
Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will open its state-of-the-art Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The center will be located in The Alice Gustafson Center, Suite 200, on the hospital campus, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.
The center will treat patients who come for treatment of non-healing wounds with advanced equipment, including two hyperbaric chambers, making the St. Joe’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine one of the most convenient, comprehensive and sophisticated wound facilities in Southeastern Michigan.
“The new wound care center is another example of St. Joe’s commitment to provide our patients with the safest, highest quality and comprehensive care possible,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO. “This center will do many remarkable things for patients in the community who need this service.”
SJMO’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine will take a whole body approach to wound healing that includes:
- Nutritional assessment and counseling
- Diabetic education
- Patient and caregiver counseling
- Referrals for special needs pressure relief, including beds, seat cushions and footwear.
Among the conditions the SJMO Center for Wound Care can treat are:
- Diabetic wounds
- Any non-healing wound
- Surgical wounds that have opened
- Skin grafts or surgical flaps that are not healing post-surgery
- Open wounds caused by radiation therapy
- Bone infections
- Pressure ulcers
The addition of hyperbaric chambers, where patients receive pure oxygen needed to speed up the healing of their wounds, will provide a more advanced treatment option for those who qualify for the procedure. The hyperbaric oxygen chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. This increase in the amount of oxygen stimulates the tissues and helps the wounds heal more quickly.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Firas Karmo, MD, is the medical director of the center. Program Director is Matthew Davis, BSN, RN, CWOCN. The health care team of multidisciplinary specialists at the wound care center includes:
- Physicians specialty-trained in wound management and hyperbaric medicine
- Certified or specialty-trained wound care nurses
- Highly trained clinical hyperbaric managers and staff
Each year, about six million Americans will suffer from problem wounds resulting from diabetes, circulatory problems and many other conditions, with 1.1 to1.8 million new cases each year. Studies have shown that patients seeking specialized care at wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates and shortened length of hospital stays by allowing the patient to be discharged and followed by the wound care professionals.
Hours at the SJMO Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free parking is available. For information, call the wound care center at 248-858-2606.
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