Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen Expands Wound Care Center Hours, Providers|
ALLEN, Texas — The Wound Care Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is expanding to better meet the growing needs of the community.
Anyone can experience a non-healing wound, but people with diabetes or circulatory problems are at greater risk for an injury that won’t heal properly. An estimated 8 million Americans have chronic wounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
To meet needs of additional patients needing wound care services, Texas Health Allen will offer care from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. To expand the hours, the center has added two new physician assistants.
The center treated 480 patients in 2011 with a healing rate of 97 percent. The center also has begun doing consultation calls with patients admitted at Texas Health Allen.
Dr. Clyde Sullivan, a cardiologist and vascular medicine physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen, also is joining the center as medical director. Dr. Luan Pho, an internal medicine physician on the medical staff, is stepping down after three years of service as medical director of the program so that he can focus on his practice.
“We appreciate Dr. Pho’s time caring for these patients,” said Dawnett Willis, program director. “As more people are experiencing non-healing wounds we are working to meet the community’s needs. We are very excited about the changes at the Wound Care Center and are pleased to announce the addition of our new providers to better serve our community.”
An estimated 26 million people have diabetes, According to the American Diabetes Association. Of that population, an estimated 15 percent will develop chronic wounds. In Allen, an estimated 40 percent of wound care patients have diabetes.
The center treats a wide range of wounds such as diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds, pressure ulcers, arterial ulcers, venous insufficiency, traumatic wounds and burns.
For Sullivan, using the latest evidence-based methods to treat the wounds is exciting. “I get to help people who have had difficulty with getting something to heal,” he said.” Often times these wounds have a large emotional impact as well as the physical problems.”
Amy Chisholm, PA-C, one of the new physician assistants, has a background in family medicine. “We have embraced a team approach at the Wound Care Center, meaning that each person from the front office to the nursing staff to the health care provider are all working together to find ways to help get the wound healed,” she said.
Gina Falke, MMS, PA-C, joins the center as a physician assistant with a background in surgery, particularly in the specialties of orthopedics, trauma, general surgery and neurosurgery. “We genuinely want these patients to heal and we go above and beyond each day to do everything we can to make that happen,” she said.
All members of the Wound Care Center medical staff have completed an Advanced Wound Care Training Course.
“For people suffering from non-healing wounds the impact on their lives can be debilitating,” said Sheila McKinney, hospital president. “With all our patients our goal is to improve their health and return them to their daily activities as soon as possible. Expanding the Wound Care Center’s offerings is just one way we’re doing that at Texas Health Allen.”
To learn more about the Wound Care Center, call 972-747-4325.
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