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The team, from left: Dr. Suryakant Patel, Medical Director, Whitney Hart, RN, Katy Kaufmann, RN, Erica Hall, RN, Clinical Program Director, Christine Brann,, RN, Nolan Dinsmore, RN, Elisa Swift, RN, and Rachel Katsouros, RN, Nurse Manager. Not pictured: Angelica Partin, Ruth Keys and Stephanie Powers, LPN, certified hyperbaric technician
This weekend The Center for Wound Healing at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center will celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Since August 7th, UMD’s Center for Wound Healing has received multiple awards as they assisted patients in the healing of their chronic wounds.
Over the last decade, the UM Charles Regional Center for Wound Healing has treated more than 5,600 patients in 56,474 wound care visits and with 9,146 hyperbaric oxygen treatments.
A recent patient who was able to ring the center’s bell – a tradition of the center – to signify a successful end to his treatment was Robert M. Young Sr., 59, of White Plains. Young developed a serious foot wound related to Type 2 diabetes that refused to heal; he had a significant possibility of having to have part of his foot amputated. Following nearly nine months of progressive treatment, including more than 30 sessions in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Young was able to ring the bell signifying his recovery on Friday, July 22.
“Everybody in that wound care center looked after me like I was family,” Young said, noting the center’s work, along with some lifestyle changes, have greatly improved his quality of life and ensured that he’ll enjoy many more joyful years with his wife and children.
“I give them all the praise,” Young said of the Center for Wound Healing team. “They made sure I knew what was going on, and they kept my spirits up. I am very, very thankful. They gave me the opportunity to start again.”
The Center for Wound Healing at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center is home to some of the most innovative and advanced medical technology in the industry.
Available treatment options include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, specialty wound dressings, wound debridement, bio-engineered skin substitutes, traditional and single-use negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, and multilayer compression therapy.
“Our approach to care is always people-first and patient-centered,” said Erica Hall, RN, clinical program director of the center. “It’s been the focus of the center for our first 10 years and will continue to be as we move into our second decade.”
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