Hazard ARH Opens Wound Care Center

4/1/2016

Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center dedicated to providing patients with the highest level of quality care possible, announced the opening of its new Wound Treatment Center on April 4.

The new outpatient center will offer our community a comprehensive quality approach with the hospital providing state-of-the-art clinical services to our fastest-growing medical demographic: patients with diabetes aged 60 years and older. The center also will treat other types of wounds including, but not limited to venous ulcers, traumatic injury and compromised flaps/grafts to wounds resulting from radiation therapy, while maintaining the goal of successful healing and reducing the risk of amputation and/or disability.

General surgeon Chad Brashear, DO, has been appointed as the center’s medical director. Dr. Brashear, an eastern Kentucky native, specializes in surgery and is a graduate of Alice Lloyd College and the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and general surgery residency at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, Michigan.

“With hundreds of thousands of people suffering from wounds today, it is imperative that we begin healing patients in our area before they are at risk for amputation,” said Dr. Brashear.

Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the Hazard ARH wound care team will evaluate patients through a diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound as well as the underlying problems causing the wound. After this, a treatment program specifically tailored to the patient will be created utilizing the most effective treatment options.

Certain wounds will require hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which involves placing the patient in a sealed chamber for two hours, while they breathe in 100% pure oxygen at a pressure greater than sea level.  Treatments in the hyperbaric chamber are for two hours, five days per week, for a total of 30-60 treatments.

RestorixHealth, a company which provides development, implementation and ongoing management oversight for chronic wound management, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and diabetes education clinics licensed and operated by acute care general hospitals, will oversee the program for Wound Treatment Center - Hazard. With extensive experience in the managed care marketplace, the RestorixHealth team provides training for all clinical staff in an advanced wound care training seminar and then provides ongoing continuing education in the field of advanced wound management.

Patient education is also a vital part of the wound treatment program. Patients and their families are taught the causes of ulceration, how to care for the wounds and how to reduce the risk of recurrence. Just as important, each patient’s primary care physician is kept informed of the patient’s progress.

Wound Treatment Center - Hazard is conveniently located in Suite 11 on the first floor of the Physician Office Building at 200 Medical Center Drive. For more information, please call (606) 487-6096.
                                        

ARH is a not-for-profit health system operating 11 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, McDowell, Middlesboro, West Liberty, Whitesburg and South Williamson, Ky. and Beckley and Hinton, Wv., as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies.

ARH employs over 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $297 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.

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