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New Wound Care Center Opens at Saint Agnes Hospital

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Offers leading edge treatments using state-of-the-art technologies: hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics
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06/17/2013

Baltimore, Md. – More than 8 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic wounds of which healing has been impeded by such diseases and conditions as diabetes, obesity, aging and the late effects of radiation therapy. In response to this need, Saint Agnes Hospital opened a new Wound Care Center that now includes brand new hyperbaric chambers – rounding out the center’s wound care offerings. The comprehensive center treats those suffering from wounds such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, radiation injuries to soft tissue and bone, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.

Dr. Karl Mech, Medical Director of the Wound Care Center at Saint Agnes, says “Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows a steady increase in the number and percentage of our population diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is associated with increased blood vessel disease and neuropathy, both of which are risk factors for the formation of chronic foot ulcers. Our hospital’s new Wound Care Center treats chronic wounds of great complexity by bringing to bear multiple modes of therapy simultaneously. For instance, hyperbaric oxygen has been shown to be an important adjunctive therapy for chronic wounds in which the circulation has been impaired.”

In addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, state-of-the-art treatment and protocols, the Wound Care Center at Saint Agnes includes negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics. Patients also have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and multi-center studies.

A member of the Healogics™ network, the new Wound Care Center at Saint Agnes employs a rigorous scientific approach to explore, test, find and develop the clinically proven methods and technologies which reintroduce the body's innate ability to heal. The network comprised of academic medical centers, hospitals and thousands of professionals is committed to advancing wound healing by creating, sharing, and activating wound prevention and care expertise.

The healthcare professionals at the Wound Care Center at Saint Agnes have the opportunity to attend research symposiums featuring noted experts and receive specialized training at the Healogics training facility, the largest program of its kind in the nation dedicated to the science of the care of wounds. Despite the high incidence of chronic wounds, a study of 50 American medical schools found that students receive less than six hours of education in the area.

“Saint Agnes has made a great commitment to serve our community’s growing need for care in diabetes, obesity, vascular disease, heart disease and numerous other areas of specialized medicine,” comments William Greskovich, vice president of operations and capital projects at Saint Agnes. “The new Wound Care Center complements our community’s needs well and allows the hospital to better serve those patients whose need for wound care services are growing rapidly.”

For more information on the Wound Care Center at Saint Agnes, patients and medical professionals should call:
410-368-2700, option 2.

About Saint Agnes
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 296-bed hospital recently completed a $200 million-plus expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute; Cardiovascular Institute; Maryland Metabolic Institute; Orthopedic & Spine Institute; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and The Bunting Health Institute for Women & Children. Saint Agnes opened the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services. www.stagnes.org

About Healogics, Inc.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage more than 500 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and see nearly 200,000 patients per year through a connected network of centers, partner hospitals, academic medical centers, patients and families. Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population. For more information, visit www.healogics.com.

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Amanda Karfakis
410-732-6542
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