(PRWEB) January 16, 2005
"The Comprehensive Wound Center brings a much needed service to the residents of the Lower Hudson Valley," said Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator of Good Samaritan Hospital. ÂWith our patient-friendly staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and expertise in the latest wound treatments, the Center will help hundreds of area residents, many of whom have given up hope that their wound will ever heal."
The Comprehensive Wound Center at Good Samaritan Hospital is an interdisciplinary outpatient clinic that brings together specialists in vascular surgery, general surgery, podiatry, plastic surgery, diabetes and infectious diseases. Patients initially undergo a complete assessment to identify the underlying cause of the wound and a treatment plan is devised.
Nearly six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds that are usually the result of an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, neuropathy, arthritis, venous insufficiency, peripheral arterial disease, autoimmune disease, or factors associated with immobility. Left untreated, these wounds or sores can lead to serious infection, gangrene and even amputation. More than 56,000 amputations are performed in the United States every year as a result of wounds and sores that won't heal.
For these patients, cuts, scratches, and sores do not heal with ordinary cleaning, an antiseptic cream, and a bandage. The natural healing process becomes a complex medical problem requiring specialized care, and patients often go for years before finding the help they need.
Chronic non-healing wounds and sores often result in expensive, fragmented care and decreased quality of life, explained Dr. Jay Levine Medical Director of the Comprehensive Wound Center at Good Samaritan Hospital. "Nationally, the average chronic wound patient has probably already incurred upwards of $20,000 of medical bills and has undergone 10 months of treatment with little or no improvement before going to a wound care center. Our goal is to help those who suffer from a chronic, non-healing wound before they reach that state."
Adds Dr. Levine, ÂOur entire multidisciplinary team of physicians and nurses has specialized training in wound care. Patients at the center are evaluated to determine if they have an underlying condition that might be inhibiting the natural healing process, such as diabetes or vascular disease. After the assessment, an individualized treatment program is planned. Patients are taught how to care for their wounds at home and learn about nutrition and exercises that might aid the healing process and prevent future wounds or ulcers"
In addition, Good Samaritan Home Care is privileged to have a certified Wound Care Nurse, who consults with wound and ostomy patients throughout Rockland and Orange Counties. This means that patients can be treated and observed by a specialist in the comfort of their own home as well as at the Comprehensive Wound Center.
For more information about the Comprehensive Wound Center at Good Samaritan Hospital, or to schedule an appointment or evaluation, call (845) 368-5000.
Good Samaritan Hospital is part of the Bon Secours Charity Health System, which also includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about the Comprehensive Wound Center or other programs, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.
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