The Hospital kicked off the New Year with the opening of the new and expanded location for The Center for Wound Healing, now immediately adjacent to The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center in the new patient pavilion.
Under the Hospital’s Director of Ancillary Services, Eileen M. Harrity, The Center for Wound Healing’s centralized location minimizes some of the coordination issues when these outpatient services were dispersed throughout the Hospital.
Dr. Ronald Luethke, a plastic surgeon and Medical Director of The Center for Wound Healing since its inception in 2003, says the new Center provides multiple benefits to the patient. “It’s a comprehensive approach to identifying the factors related to the wound – combining medical, surgical, nursing and advanced treatment techniques to give the patient the tools to heal their wounds.”
Now in its third hospital location over seven years, the new Center for Wound Healing hosts seven treatment rooms and spacious support areas, tripling its former space. As a result, it cares for more than 150 patients with 350 visits a month, compared to the initial center, which began with 50 visits a month.
The new Center’s team includes a vascular surgeon, podiatrists, plastic surgeons, physical therapists, nurses and a wound care technician; this multidisciplinary team can address all the needs of the patients. In addition, they utilize other doctors in the Hospital, including those who specialize in infectious disease, psychiatry and dermatology, to provide coordinated care as needed.
“The Hospital’s vision is for the patient to have convenient access to other rehabilitation services, to be empowered, and to heal and prevent future wounds,” says Larry Raymond, the Center’s clinical program manager. In addition, The Center for Wound Healing has added specialties for every wound; for example, vascular wounds, traumatic wounds, burns, neoplastic wounds from tumors and metabolic wounds from diabetics.
“We’re a resource in the community for those who have trouble healing,” says Raymond. “We treat everyone from the ages of 6 months to 106 years.”
The staff works diligently to build relationships with the patients, and, in turn, the patients show great allegiance to The Center for Wound Healing. Their testimonials are proof (identification excluded for privacy purposes):
“I was very nervous and the clinical staff was wonderful at helping ease my nerves. We began talking and the time was comforting.”
“I was treated like a queen.”
“All in the office are friendly, competent, caring, dedicated. Just can’t say enough good things about the excellent care given.”
“I have been singing the praises of The Center for Wound Healing. I am very satisfied with my care.”
“You have a star facility and staff; keep up the good work.”
“Appreciated the specialized care given at the wound center – didn’t know such a facility existed.”
“Staff was so very pleasant and efficient. They made the process as painless as possible.”
The Center for Wound Healing casts a wide geographical net in providing care as well. Center staff not only partner with the eldercare facilities in the Central Maryland area and the Healthy Howard Program, but also collaborate with the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Georgetown Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
For more information about The Center for Wound Healing, call 443-718-3160. To make an appointment, call The Bolduc Family Outpatient Center at 443-718-3000.
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