MedStar St. Mary’s Wound Healing Center Helps Raise Awareness

The Wound Healing Center at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the second annual Wound Care Awareness Week being held June 1-5. The MedStar St. Mary’s Wound Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds which are often associated with diabetes, pressure sores, burns, post surgical, venous stasis and other non-healing wounds.

June 1, 2015

LEONARDTOWN, Md. -  (June 1, 2015) –  The Wound Healing Center at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the second annual Wound Care Awareness Week being held June 1-5. The MedStar St. Mary’s Wound Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds which are often associated with diabetes, pressure sores, burns, post surgical, venous stasis and other non-healing wounds. 

Chronic wounds affect an estimated 6.7 million people in the United States and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb.

“Education of wound care helps with so many more aspects of a person’s healthcare,” said Olivia Sartain, Operations Specialist for MedStar St. Mary’s Wound Healing Center.  “There has to be a reason why a patient’s wounds aren’t healing.”

In an effort to uncover the cause of a patient’s chronic wound, the Wound Healing Center’s team uses a multi-disciplinary approach which employs the latest assessment and therapeutic methods. Each patient receives a customized wound care plan, proper medication plan and nutrition plan, in addition to consistent care and collaboration with their primary care physician.

“We are here to help,” said Sartain. “By sending patients to us to heal their wounds, it allows the physicians in the community to focus on their specialties. We collaborate with the physicians to keep them up to date on their patient’s status and how they are healing, and send them back when healed.  We have had very positive feedback since our center opened from physicians and other healthcare providers in the community.”

MedStar St. Mary’s Wound Healing Center is equipped with two state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) chambers, which use a combination of high pressure and pure oxygen to help patients heal at a quicker rate than traditional treatments.

“Before we opened in December of 2012, the patients in our community had to travel to D.C. or Baltimore for this therapy,” said Sartain.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy could mean a two-hour, Monday through Friday commitment, and the additional four hours of travel time meant the therapy was not possible for some patients.

“Having this progressive therapy available close to home makes it more accessible and convenient for our patients,” said Sartain.

Wound Care Week is sponsored by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advance wound care services. The Wound Healing Center at MedStar St. Mary’s is one of nearly 800 Healogics-managed centers in the nation. 

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to MedStar St. Mary’s Wound Healing Center. Learn more about the Wound Healing Center. To schedule an appointment, call 240-434-7670.

About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, Md. Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary's provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals™ and is an eight time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award. Our staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with our outstanding team of Medical Staff members, associates and volunteers. Visit MedStarStMarys.org to learn more.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.