Paige Huey, RN
Wound Care Center
August 2019 - Employee of the Month
Paige Huey, an RN at our Wound Care Center, has been honored as WellStar West Georgia’s July 2019 Team Member of the Month.
Dr. Gary Griffin, medical director of the Wound Care Center, said that in his 24-year career, he cannot speak more highly of any other nurse than Paige because of her willingness, enthusiasm and professionalism as she has tirelessly assumed additional responsibilities during temporary staffing changes.
Dr. Griffin said he already knew that Paige was a wonderful asset to the Wound Care Center, but in December 2018, the depths of her abilities became even more apparent when Wound Care’s clinical nurse supervisor left their office for a new career opportunity.
“As well as being a fulltime RN with a full patient load, Paige has accepted those additional duties with enthusiasm and efficiency, often spending hours outside her regular workday to make sure the clinic has been able to continue to operate normally,” Dr. Griffin said.
The medical office hired a fulltime nurse and another as-needed nurse in June, and Paige enthusiastically trained the two, another “above-and-beyond” action that normally would be the responsibility of a nurse supervisor, Dr. Griffin said.
Located at 1600 Vernon Road (in the same complex as Cisco’s restaurant)), the Wound Care 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.
Designated as a Healogics’ Center of Distinction for its excellence in wound care, the center features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers that speed up the healing process by exposing one’s body to 100 percent oxygen at a pressure greater than one normally experiences. The Wound Care Center also offers negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue or skin substitutes to the wound, offloading or total contact casts.
Dr. Griffin, Paige and Wound Care’s other clinical staff see many patients with critical wounds—such as diabetic foot ulcers, vascular ulcers or non-healing surgical wounds—who have already seen doctors who have suggested amputations. In most of those cases, Dr. Griffin said, the Wound Care team has been able to save those limbs through the advanced wound care options they offer.
Paige began working at WellStar West Georgia’s Wound Care Center in December 2015, and before that, she served as a nurse on the hospital’s Fifth Floor. At Wound Care, her duties include patient education, bedside care, case management care with physicians, billing, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“I enjoy getting to see where patients start with a wound and where they finish with it healed and then experience their joy with them as they realize they can return to living their normal lives,” she said. “The gratitude they have makes me feel and know that God has me in the right place to help others, which is what nursing is about.”
Paige earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Southern Union and is currently earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She hopes to obtain a master’s degree in the healthcare field or become a nurse practitioner. Paige lives in Woodland, Alabama, with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and a shih tzu.