Southcoast Health opens new wound care center at St. Luke’s Hospital

SOUTHCOAST HEALTH OPENED its new wound center at St. Luke’s Hospital May 7. From left: Dr. Gerald Monchik, medical director, Wound Care Center, Charlton Memorial Hospital; Renee Clark, chief operating officer, Southcoast Health; Keith A. Hovan, president and CEO, Southcoast Health; Patricia Webster, area vice president, Healogics Inc.; Dr. Robert Sandfort, medical director, Wound Care Center, St. Luke’s Hospital; Cheryl Thompson, director, Southcoast Health Wound Care Center; Jason Rua, chair, Southcoast Health board of trustees; and Timothy Eixenberger, chief nursing officer, Southcoast Health. / COURTESY SOUTHCOAST HEALTH
SOUTHCOAST HEALTH OPENED its new wound center at St. Luke’s Hospital May 7. From left: Dr. Gerald Monchik, medical director, Wound Care Center, Charlton Memorial Hospital; Renee Clark, chief operating officer, Southcoast Health; Keith A. Hovan, president and CEO, Southcoast Health; Patricia Webster, area vice president, Healogics Inc.; Dr. Robert Sandfort, medical director, Wound Care Center, St. Luke’s Hospital; Cheryl Thompson, director, Southcoast Health Wound Care Center; Jason Rua, chair, Southcoast Health board of trustees; and Timothy Eixenberger, chief nursing officer, Southcoast Health. / COURTESY SOUTHCOAST HEALTH

NEW BEDFORD – Southcoast Health opened a second Wound Care Center May 7 at St. Luke’s Hospital, the second such facility affiliated with Healogics Inc., offering advanced, specialized care for acute and chronic wounds.

Hospital officers and local officials attended a ribbon-cutting at the new location.

The facility doubles Southcoast Health’s ability to provide wound care, adding to services already available at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, where the Southcoast Health Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine opened its first location in 2010. A team of specialty physicians, nurses and one nurse practitioner will staff the new center, all clinical experts in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

“This new clinic demonstrates, once again, Southcoast Health’s commitment to the wellness of the communities we serve,” said Keith A. Hovan, president and CEO of Southcoast Health. “Chronic wounds can lead to loss of function and a decreased quality of life. Wounds are often difficult to treat as they refuse to respond to repeated courses of antibiotics and other traditional treatment options.”

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Last month, Healogics recognized the Wound Care Center at Charlton Memorial as a Center of Excellence. To be eligible for the award, the center had to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for a minimum of two consecutive years, including a patient satisfaction score higher than 92 percent and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days to heal.

“The Wound Care Center strives to deliver quality care that addresses the wound healing process. Last year, we were able to successfully achieve a median of 28 days,” said Cheryl Thompson, program director of the Southcoast Health Wound Care Center.

“We take great pride in this achievement,” said Dr. Robert Sandfort, medical director of the new Southcoast Health Wound Care Center at St. Luke’s. “It is our privilege to bring advanced, specialized wound care to many hundreds of patients every year. The St. Luke’s center will work seamlessly with the Charlton Memorial center, to ensure that patients receive the same level of care no matter which site they visit.”

The Southcoast Health Wound Care Center offers the latest treatments and dressings, such as negative pressure dressings that remove drainage from the wound, specialty products, compression therapy for lower leg, ulcers and full contact casting that eases pressure on diabetic foot ulcers. In addition, hyperbaric oxygen treatment is available at Charlton Memorial for all eligible Wound Care Center patients. The single-person pressurized chamber delivers 100 percent oxygen to reduce swelling and promote healing, according to Southcoast.

“We are so proud of the quality of care we provide at Southcoast Health and the fact that we continue to expand that care based on a single focus – serving the needs of our patients with the very best care, close to home,” said Jason Rua, chairman of the Southcoast Health board of trustees.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.

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