MEDINA – A wound care center, or clinic, is a medical facility for treating wounds that do not heal. You may have a non-healing wound if it has not started to heal in two weeks, or has not completely healed in six weeks.
The Orleans Community Health Wound Care Center, located in the former Intensive Care Unit of Medina Memorial Hospital, 200 Ohio St., opened its doors to the public in December 2019 to bring advanced wound care to people living with chronic, non-healing wounds.
“There was a high demand for this service in the area,” said Lisa Albanese, program director for Orleans Community Health Wound Care Center. “There were some spaces available within the hospital that weren’t being utilized. A grant was secured to repurpose the old ICU Unit and it was developed into the Wound Care Center.”
In conjunction with United Memorial Medical Center Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, 127 North St., Batavia, wound care is greatly needed for treating a variety of illnesses and/or ailments. Those could include specialized treatment including wound dressing, debridement, compression therapy, advanced cellular products and growth factors, edema management or non-invasive vascular assessment.
While operations have run smoothly at UMMC in Batavia with patients being regularly treated, Albanese said, the Orleans Community Health Wound Care Center has also seen success but has also been affected by the pandemic.
“COVID happened shortly after we opened in Medina and people were afraid to come into the building to receive wound care,” Albanese said. “It’s imperative patients understand the importance of being treated and maintaining healthy wounds. As well as, the hospital is taking amazing precautions to insure safety.”
Patients entering the facility have to wear masks, while hospital staff members use personal protective equipment. There are a reduced number of visitors allowed and patients are escorted directly into a room upon arrival during their scheduled time.
Orleans Community Health Wound Care Center is partnered with Healogics, the nation’s leading provider of advanced, chronic wound-care services. The facility in Medina is one of 700 care centers throughout the country. With its headquarters in Florida, Healogics provides clinical guidelines and training for clinicians. Participating physicians are required to attend training to work at the Wound Care Center.
The facility offers an “evidence-based, systematic approach to advance wound care.” Statistics show an estimated 6.7 million people live with chronic wounds in the United States. About 25 percent of people living with diabetes develop some type of foot ulcer that usually requires professional treatment. Patients who are suffering from chronic wounds should seek medical attention from their primary physician to obtain a referral for special treatment provided by the wound care clinic, or consider self-referral based on how chronic, and advanced, the wound is.
“Self-referral should be conducted when there are wounds that don’t heal within one month – that’s an indicator they need to seek medical care and get treatment to heal the open wounds,” said Albanese. “From there, trained clinicians and physicians will create a treatment plan.”
“We treat many wounds, so they don’t result in an amputation,” she said. “Often, one cause for amputation can lead to a second amputation. We don’t want someone to lose their quality of life, so we often focus on limb preservation.”
Candidates for treatment of chronic wound care are often those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven’t healed within a reasonable time frame.
Physicians at the Center include Joseph Canzoneri, DPM, medical director; and two panel physicians, Christine Cameron, MD; and Zerah Ali, DPM. With the help of their team, which includes nurses and referring physicians, patients’ treatment plans are developed with the best possible outcome in mind.