Fayetteville, Ga. (March 20, 2012) – Piedmont Fayette Hospital is set to open a newly renovated Wound and Hyperbaric Center next month, complete with an entire staff of wound care certified specialists and two new hyperbaric chambers.
The center, which is open to the public for a preview on Friday, March 30 from 2 to 4 p.m., will provide a variety of services including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, debridement, compression therapy, negative pressure and specialty wound dressing.
“The new equipment in the redesigned Wound and Hyperbaric Center allows us to expand the comprehensive, multidisciplinary care we already provide,” said Darrell Cutts, CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “Our entire staff is board certified in wound care and the quality of the services rendered here will reflect that.”
In addition to offering wound care services, the Wound and Hyperbaric Center will serve as a resource for specialty beds, cushions, diabetic footwear, supplies and diabetes education.
“Approximately 12 percent of the Fayette population has been diagnosed with diabetes, so it is critical we have this level of care and expertise available,” said Christopher Lotufo, DPM, co-medical director of the Wound and Hyperbaric Center. “Patients that have had an amputation or diabetic foot ulcer have a higher five-year mortality rate than patients with breast or prostate cancer, and they need this kind of specialized care.”
Certified wound care specialist and co-medical director at the Wound and Hyperbaric Center Michael Robinowitz, M.D., FAPWCA, FACOG stresses the importance of having this specialized facility close to home.
“There is a tremendous need in this area for wound care treatment resulting from infections, diabetes, impaired blood flow and trauma,” said Dr. Robinowitz. “These wounds can have a seriously debilitating effect on a patient’s quality of life. The nurses, physical therapists, hyperbaric technicians and physicians here are all specially trained and can provide treatment that will help patients live a more comfortable life.”
Drs. Robinowitz and Lotufo recommend patients who discover a wound that has not healed in four weeks or more ask their doctor about seeking treatment from a wound specialist.
The Wound and Hyperbaric Center at Piedmont Fayette Hospital is located at 1255 Highway 54 West in Fayetteville, Ga. and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting April 2012. For more information about the newly renovated Wound and Hyperbaric Center, call 770-719-7256 or visit piedmontfayette.org.