Patients at Paris Regional Medical Center’s award-winning Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, 1128 Clarksville St., not only are healed of lingering wounds but also find encouragement from a caring staff.
“It is a family atmosphere because we get to know the patient and their family and they get to know us,” said Site Director Mary Kay Armstrong of Healogics Inc., the company contracted by Paris Regional to manage the center. “Our come every week until the wound is healed.”
Armstrong, who has been at the center for the past seven years, sang the praises of a staff who she says treats patients with “tender loving care” as patients battle persistent wounds ranging from burns to spider bites; from pressure ulcers to surgery scars that haven’t healed properly; and from foot ulcers that frequently plague diabetics.
The center recently gained the services of Dr. Donald Wikoff, who retired in December from his urology practice after spending 30 years in Paris as a surgeon and specialist. Wikoff is the center’s medical director.
Also new at the clinic is Matthew Roberts, a family nurse practitioner with 18 years experience as a registered nurse who worked in ICU at Paris Regional as well as Christus Dubuis Hospital where he gained experience in wound care at the long-term care facility.
According to Armstrong, the two spent time training at the Healogics headquarters in Florida as well as at some of the other company centers.
“I am excited to have them both because they are a part of the community,” Armstrong said. “Since Dr. Michael Leddy retired for the second time a few years ago, we’ve had out-of town doctors for short periods of time —not that they weren’t good because they helped us win awards. But now we have doctors who are part of our community, and having them is an extra blessing. This is a foothold for them to grow and expand and make us even better than we are now.”
Usually referred by a general practice physician, each patient at the center receives a case manager, one of three registered nurses — Rita Conder, Kristi Baggett and Carrie Hummel — who have been at the center several years. The nurses follow each case from start to finish and assist physicians in their work. Donna Keenum works as needed along with Lee Ann Black, who recently resigned from her full-time position after 20 years in wound care. According to Armstrong, she is a “wealth of knowledge who is helping train the physicians.” Office manager Lisa Wear and hyperbaric oxygen therapy safety director Renee Holley round out the staff.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for patients who sometimes stall in their healing process. According to Armstrong, oxygen therapy feeds 100 percent oxygen into the wound, which dries off dead cells and promotes the growth of new cells from inside the wound. Hyperbarix oxygen treatment, she said, has a 92 percent success rate. Patients receive 30 to 40 treatments two hours daily Monday through Friday for six to seven weeks.
Since 2013, Paris Wound Care Center has received benchmark awards from Healogics Inc., and in 2018 became a member of the President’s Circle for being one of the top five providers in the company.
According to the company website at Healogics.com, Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, treating more than 330,000 patients a year in almost 800 wound care centers across the nation.