The Paragould Wound Healing Center, a department of St. Bernards in collaboration with Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, hosted a formal open house Wednesday, May 16, at the new facility.
Located at One Medical Drive, Suite 201, in Paragould, the center offers specialized wound care services at a convenient location for those who live in the greater Paragould area.
Drs. Dwight Williams, Lance Monroe, Alberto Fonticiella, Lowell Hardcastle and Coralee McKay – all of Paragould – have completed specialized training and certification to assess patients and develop wound care protocols using the latest therapies for hard-to-heal wounds. The doctors and staff are certified wound care and hyperbaric medicine experts who treat both chronic and traumatic wounds that have not healed after 30 days of traditional therapies.
Every year, millions of Americans are affected by hard-to-heal wounds, often resulting from complications of diabetes and chronic venous insufficiency. Many patients who could benefit from wound healing therapies often experience pain, have decreased mobility and may have lost time from work.
If hard-to-heal wounds are not treated, they can become more painful and more serious medical conditions can develop, with some of those requiring amputation or possibly leading to life-threatening issues.
Every wound has its own unique set of circumstances, and the staff at the Paragould Wound Healing Center is prepared to help with all of them. Physicians and case managers design individualized programs of care using proven protocols that promote faster healing.
Among symptoms that bring patients in are diabetic ulcers, lower leg ulcers, gangrene, radiation burns, failing grafts and flaps, wounds on lower legs or feet and surgical wounds. Professionals at the Paragould Wound Healing Center use state-of-the-art technology along with a comprehensive care program, delivering effective solutions with a common goal of achieving results in 16 weeks or less.
One of the most unique kinds of treatments available at the center is hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy which increases oxygenation in tissue, encouraging faster healing and fighting infections in patients who have wounds that do not respond to other treatments. HBO involves daily treatments of the entire body with 100 percent oxygen at greater than normal atmospheric pressures. Patients receive hyperbaric oxygen treatments in a transparent cylindrical chamber as they rest on a cot-like stretcher. Patients can see and can talk with healthcare providers during treatments and watch television or movies.
Dr. Williams will serve as medical director of wound care services, and Dr. Fonticiella will serve as medical director of hyperbaric oxygen therapy services.
Patients can be referred by a physician, or they can be self-referred in many cases. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs or other private insurance.
The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Additional information can be secured or appointments can be scheduled by calling the center a 870-240-8163.