Randolph Hospital has partnered with a Florida firm to create a new wound care center that will include two hyberbaric chambers used to help speed healing.
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Healogics, the country’s largest provider of wound care services, will provide the hyperbaric chambers as well as members of the clinical staff, including a physician. The hospital will invest about $500,000 to create space for the center.
Barbara Wolfe, vice president of strategy and service development for Randolph Hospital, said a look at the demographics of the county shows a large population with wound care problems, which now are often treated in a more costly, inpatient environment.
“When you look at the volumes in our inpatient and emergency department, there are a lot of patients who present with wounds,” Wolfe said. “With 22 percent of the county’s population uninsured, there is a higher potential for wound healing issues, and financial constraints that would make consuming care in the most expensive parts of the health system difficult.”
Would care centers use hyperbaric chambers to help increase the flow of oxygen to wounds to facilitate healing and the growth of new tissue.
The enclosed, high-pressure chambers are flooded with oxygen, which is then able to reach extremities or other areas with circulation problems to help with healing.
A population survey found about 9,500 adults within a 10-mile radius who have already come to the hospital for the treatment of diabetic ulcers or have the potential to develop such ulcers, Wolfe said.
Those types of ulcers often do not heal easily, in part because of the circulation problems that come with diabetes and obesity.
Angie Orth, chief operating officer at Randolph Hospital, said the wound care center will be in about 2,300 square feet of vacant space near the hospital main entrance.
“We’ll take that space, renovate it and make it conducive to a wound care program,” Orth said. “We will provide the capital for the upfit for the space, and (Healogics) will partner with us to bring their expertise to the table around the physician component, best practices for treatment, as well as clinical expertise around billing and coding and office staff.”
Developing the center will take about six months, Orth said.
“We’re still in the process of drawing the plans,” she said.
Resource link: http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2014/11/24/randolph-hospital-partners-with-florida-firm-on.html?page=all
Check out the new COBALTT NPWT Pump Tutorial Video from Equinox Medical, LLC.