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
· Venous wounds
· Internal injuries where no open wound exists, such as select acute traumatic and crush injuries, radiation cystitis or proctitis and reconstruction of the jaw or bone.
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.
About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.
For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit stjoesoakland.org.
About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, seven urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.
A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission-based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit stjoeshealth.org