Fri, August 24, 2018
Leaders, physicians and clinicians from the Wound Care Center at WellStar West Georgia gathered recently to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of Excellence award, which is presented annually by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.
This Center has achieved patient satisfaction rates higher than 92 percent and a healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal, for a minimum of two consecutive years.
Last year the Wound Care Center earned Healogic’s Center of Distinction award, which honors centers that have met the criteria for one year. A center can earn the Excellence Award after meeting key performance indicators for a second year in a row.
Out of Healogic’s 340 eligible centers, 268 were honored with this Center of Excellence award. The award is named for Dr. Robert A. Warriner III, a pioneer in wound care and the former chief medical officer for Healogics.
“We all have a very gratifying job at the Wound Care Center because we are able to give hope to a lot of patients when they’ve thought hope was lost,” said Dr. Gary Griffin, medical director of the Wound Care Center. “We have a lot of patients who have critical wounds—diabetic foot ulcers, vascular ulcers or non-healing surgical wounds—and their doctors have suggested amputations. In most of those cases, we have been able to save their limb through the advanced wound care options we offer.”
One of those patients is James Lambeth, who credits the Wound Care Center for healing his foot after a doctor suggested he consider having it amputated. He previously had an operation on his heel in July 2015 to clean a bone infection but had continued having complications.
As his home health nurses saw his foot, they suggested he contact the Wound Care Center. By January 2016, he was seeing a second doctor, Dr. Vincent Scolietti with WellStar Medical Group General Surgery, whose specialties include wound care and hyperbaric medicine.
Lambeth said Dr. Scoglietti was cautiously optimistic, saying he was fairly certain Lambeth’s foot could be saved through another surgery coupled with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments at West Georgia Wound Care Center.
“I’m so glad they had faith that he could help me and that everyone at the Wound Care Center was so nice while they helped me get better,” Lambeth said. “I can’t say it was an easy journey. But at one time I didn’t know day-to-day if I would be able to keep my foot or not. But now I can move my foot; I can even drive my car.”
The Wound Care Center is a member of the Healogics network of nearly 700 wound care centers, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. WellStar West Georgia’s wound center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.
Some of the leading-edge treatments offered at the Wound Care Center include negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue or skin substitutes to the wound, offloading or total contact casts and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The center’s two hyperbaric oxygen chambers speed up the healing process by exposing one’s body to 100 percent oxygen at a pressure greater than one normally experiences. As the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside one of the two comfortable, see-through chambers, the oxygen is delivered to the bloodstream. This assists in the healing process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation.
WellStar West Georgia’s Wound Care Center is located at 1600 Vernon Road, Suite G (in the complex where Cisco’s restaurant is located). For information, call (706) 880-7366.