Wound Care Center at Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital Helps Patient Return from Nursing Home
09/25/2008

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Johnnie Faye Melton had spent two years dealing with leg wounds that wouldn’t heal, even having to move into a nursing home, before seeking treatment at the Center for Wound Care at Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital.

In four months the Center for Wound Care was able to heal Melton’s wounds and now the 79-year-old is home in Granbury with her husband instead of in a nursing home. She wears compression hose as a preventive measure.

According to the American Academy of Wound Management, non-healing wounds are often the result of poor blood flow to the site of the injury, which could be the result of any number of health problems such as diabetes or poor circulation. Wounds that do not show signs of healing in two weeks or do not completely heal on their own after six weeks are considered chronic and should be evaluated.

“Our wound care program specializes in the treatment of problem wounds — a growing problem spurred by aging and the increase in diabetes,” says Patty Weidemann, program director of the Center for Wound Care.

The Center for Wound Care provides invaluable outpatient services for people who suffer from chronic wounds due to diabetes, pressure ulcers and many other conditions. It has a healing rate of 95.9 percent, compared to a national average of 88 percent.

“The staff at the Center for Wound Care are wonderful,” Melton said. “Here I’d gone for two years trying to get the wounds healed and no one could heal them. I wish I’d gotten to the Center for Wound Care sooner.”

To help heal patient wounds, the center utilizes multiple diagnostic and treatment modalities, including:

  • Debridement, or the removal of damaged/dead tissue
  • Diabetes education
  • Infectious disease management
  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Nutritional management
  • Vascular evaluation
  • Pain management
  • Radiology
  • Physical therapy

The Center for Wound Care operates by appointment and encourages referrals from a primary care physician. Shane Gilliam, M.D., serves as the medical director of the program. Gilliam and Dr. Nicki Colbert, a member of the wound care physician panel, coordinate an overall plan of care for each patient, working in partnership with the patient's referring physician.

For more information on the center, please call 254-965-1171.

About Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital is a 98-bed community hospital that provides health care for residents in Erath and the surrounding counties. As one of 13 hospitals in the Texas Health Resources system, Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital offers the compassion, respect, and commitment nurtured by one of the largest faith-based nonprofit hospital systems in the United States.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.


The physicians on the medical staff of Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital.