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Wound Management Center Opens in Allentown

St. Luke's Opens New Wound Management Center at Allentown Campus

 

Specialized care at the
new Wound Management
Center at the St. Luke's
Allentown Campus.

Hospital-based Wound Management Center is Fourth Location in St. Luke's Network

Allentown, PA (3/4/2010) - St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus opened a brand new Wound Management Center to address a growing population of patients with non-healing wounds due to diabetes, vascular problems and other underlying diseases. The center began seeing patients in mid-January, but was officially opened at a ceremony on March 4.

The new Wound Management Center is located at St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus, 1736 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown 18104, located in the Ground Floor of the East Tower. The center is part of the expansion of the Allentown Campus that opened in September 2008.

“I find it very exciting to open another new area of this hospital,” remarked Frank Ford, president of St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus. “We are honored to be able to serve yet another patient population at our growing campus. And, when we open our retail pharmacy in April, our patients will receive treatment and be able to fill prescriptions in one place.”

Comprehensive Wound Management Program at St. Luke's

“Wound care is about quality of life,” said Jack Bruno, DO, VP of Medical Affairs at St. Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus. “Our goal is to help each patient through his or her individual healing process and specific condition. Wound care is a complicated process, but we hope to provide easy access and a seamless transition of care at St. Luke's Wound Management Centers.”

The new center is part of a Wound Management program throughout the St. Luke's Network. Wound Management Centers are located St. Luke's Union Station in Bethlehem, as well as St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital and St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.

“The certified wound specialists and experienced nursing staff at St. Luke’s Wound Management Centers work with each patient for the best results possible for chronic or non-healing wounds as the result of diabetes, immobilization or circulatory problems,” said Jay B. Fisher, MD, board certified Vascular Surgeon and Medical Director. “Some of the wounds we treat, like diabetic foot ulcers, sores of the feet from lack of circulation or traumatic wounds require treatment protocols in order that the cause of the wound is determined. Patients may require vascular testing in our accredited vascular lab or state of the art endovascular suites. Only after determining the cause of the ulcer can the appropriate treatment protocol be offered.”

Specialists at St. Luke's Wound Management Centers are trained to manage non-healing wounds in a team approach that includes board-certified general surgeons, trauma surgeons, vascular and plastic surgeons, infectious disease physicians, podiatrists, certified wound specialists (CWS) and certified wound, ostomy and continence nurses (CWOCN), according to Joanne Labiak, RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, Director of Wound Management for St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network.

In addition to excellent clinicians, patients have access to the latest in technology to diagnose underlying conditions that contribute to wounds not healing properly, and hyperbaric treatments are available at the Allentown Campus and St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital, said Labiak.

Hyperbaric Medicine Used to Treat Wounds

At the Allentown location, the Wound Management Center is adjacent to the Hyperbaric Medicine Department. Hyperbaric oxygen can be used to treat a number of different conditions, including problem wounds, bone infections, the effects of Radiation as well as emergency cases, said Robert Toth, RRT, CHT, coordinator of the hyperbaric medicine program. St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus recently added a second hyperbaric chamber in order to treat the increased volume of patients generated from the wound center. According to Toth, the Allentown location of St. Luke's is the only hospital in the region that is on call and available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week for emergency cases.

Coordination of Services for Wound Patients sets St. Luke's Apart

“One of the services that sets St. Luke's apart from other wound centers is the coordination of services for wound patients,” said Labiak. “We help our patients manage their wounds, make appointments for vascular, radiology testing and lab work, and provide results at all of our centers. We make hyperbaric treatment appointments, provide access to durable medical equipment and help schedule home visits through the VNA of St. Luke's for patients who are homebound. We also work with long-term care facilities like nursing homes, as well as hospital admissions and oncology, infusion, emergency and surgical services to help patients more easily manage their respective conditions.”

Wound Services

Patients may refer themselves to St. Luke's wound centers if they have a wound that has not shown significant improvement in two weeks or has failed to completely heal in four weeks. Patients should also work with family physicians or other specialists for referrals.

Some of the services at St. Luke's Wound Management Centers include the following:

  • Surgical wound debridement
  • Pain-reducing wound dressings
  • Comprehensive diabetic foot care
  • Charcot foot treatment and reconstructive surgery
  • Advanced wound and edema-related techniques
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Appointments

Appointments may be made at the following sites:

For more information, visit St. Luke's Wound Management Centers, or call St. Luke's InfoLink toll-free at 1-877-610-6161.