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Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Opens Wound Care Center
Multidisciplinary team of physicians apply innovative technologies to help patients heal
RICHMOND, Va. - (Nov. 28, 2011) – The new Bon Secours Wound Care Center at Memorial Regional Medical Center offers highly specialized treatment for chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions, including ulcers, infections, skin grafts and wounds that have not healed within 30 days. The center, which opened Oct. 25, is already serving patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, the Northern Neck and Williamsburg.
The most common wounds treated at the center are acute bone infections and foot problems related to diabetes, as well as irradiated tissue -- usually from the treatment of cancer. Innovative treatments at the Bon Secours Wound Care Center include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
“As our population ages and we see an increase in diabetes and vascular disease, we can also expect an increase in chronic wounds,” said Jeff Brown, M.D., medical director of the Bon Secours Wound Care Center. “When a patient is already dealing with a disease, such as cancer or diabetes, it can be really hard on him to then have to seek treatment for a chronic wound. Our comprehensive approach to evaluation and treatment brings innovative technologies together to help patients find healing.”
Chronic wounds affect 6.5 million Americans a year, yet a study of 50 American medical schools found that students receive less than six hours of education in the science and care of wounds. The Bon Secours Wound Care Center’s multidisciplinary team of physicians, including specialists in vascular, plastic and reconstructive surgery, have specialized training in the care of wounds and other nonresponsive conditions.
The center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. During the treatment, the patient can talk with family or watch television while resting comfortably on a bed encased within a large see-through plastic shell. This advanced therapy increases the amount of oxygen at the tissue level and in the wound base to augment healing.
The panel of physicians at the Wound Care Center at Memorial Regional includes Jeff Brown, M.D., Virginia Surgical Associates, who also serves as medical director of the wound care center; Nate Sewell, M.D., Sewell Plastic Surgery; Carl Weiss, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon; and Sonya Faircloth, DPM, Foot and Ankle Specialists.
About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia provides good help to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The not-for-profit health system employs about 11,000 people, including nearly 300 physicians as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group.
The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Virginia offers a full range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences and surgery at seven award-winning hospitals.
• Bon Secours Richmond is St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center
• Bon Secours Hampton Roads is Maryview Medical Center, DePaul Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital
About Bon Secours Richmond Foundation
Bon Secours’ ministry of providing good help to those in need is supported by the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation, which raises funds to create healthy communities, advance clinical innovation and provide an extraordinary experience of care.