Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Adds Wound Care Services
07/12/2011

PLANO, Texas — A growing number of people are suffering from wounds that won’t heal, often as a complication of another health problem such as diabetes. But there is hope for those with chronic wounds. Intensive care offered though Wound Care Services, a new service that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has added, will help those patients recover and stay near home while seeking treatment.

James N. Hoag, program director
James N. Hoag, program director, stands in the hyperbaric oxygen therapy area of Wound Care Services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

Wound Care Services is an outpatient program that provides treatment for debilitating wounds that often haven’t healed after months or even years. The specialized treatments at the center often can get people back to normal, everyday life often within a matter of weeks or months.

Texas Health Plano’s program will offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is a treatment that delivers 100 percent oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure. Breathing the oxygen at the higher pressure levels helps increase oxygen levels in the wound, which in turn helps healing. The technology was originally developed to help SCUBA divers with decompression sickness, but it has proven effective in treating diabetic wounds.

More hyperbaric chambers are needed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area because of the growth of diseases that can contribute to chronic wounds, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Generally, individuals undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatment typically will spend up to two hours a day in the chamber, five days a week, for about a month.

An estimated 25.8 million adults and children in this country have diabetes and each year another 1.9 million cases are diagnosed in people 20 years old or older, according to the American Diabetes Association.

In addition to diabetes, other conditions can also lead to the development of non-healing wounds, including peripheral vascular disease, arterial or venous ulcers, traumatic injury, complications following surgery, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure, lymphedema and other conditions which compromise circulation.

Leading Texas Health Plano’s Wound Care services as program director is James N. Hoag. Hoag brings more than 13 years of health care management experience at hospitals and wellness centers in North Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's degree in counseling from the Denver Seminary and is currently working on a master's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

“We continue to see growth in the number of individuals with wounds that could benefit from intensive wound care treatments and from hyperbaric services,” Hoag said. “Many times individuals have lived with debilitating chronic wounds for months or even years. Hyperbaric therapy is one more tool that helps us quickly treat chronic wounds.”

Hoag said that he is pleased at the multidisciplinary approach the service line is taking with specialists from cardiothoracic surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and podiatry all interested in working with the program, with others possibly joining later.

Also joining the program is Jennifer Darnell, R.N. She will serve as the clinical nurse manager and will focus on the clinical areas of the new program such as training staff and reviewing patient outcomes. Darnell has served as clinical manager for DaVita Dialysis. She earned a degree in nursing science from Southern Arkansas University.

“Texas Health Plano is always seeking opportunities to provide convenient services that our patients need,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of the hospital. “By bringing Wound Care Services to Plano, we are helping patients with chronic wounds stay close to home and receive the intense treatments they need.”

Texas Health Plano’s Wound Care Services is affiliated with National Healing Corp.

For more information on the program, visit TexasHealth.org/PlanoWoundCare. To speak with someone within the program, call 972-981-8658.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.