Scotland Wound Healing Center

It is not true that time heals all wounds. The truth is that without advanced therapies, some wounds can take years and even decades to heal while others that do not respond to treatment may lead to amputation in extreme cases.

The Scotland Wound Healing Center offers state-of-the-art specialized wound healing care at its location in the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center, on the hospital's campus.

                  Paula Davis examines one of the two HBO chambers.

Dr. Brian Parkes, board certified general surgeon and the Wound Healing Center's medical director, states, "There is a great need for a specialized care center that can treat the ulcers associated with diabetes, as well as help patients with other skin, bone and tissue conditions caused by illness or injury. All of the Center's doctors and clinical staff are skilled in the latest therapeutic methods in wound management and stay abreast of leading information through continuous training. Patients are treated with state-of-the art technology, including one of the Wound Healing Center's two hyperbaric oxygen chambers."

Wound Center Honored as New Center of the Year

After only one year of operation, the Center received two national awards for its service to the community from National Healing Corporation (NHC), an industry leader. Click here
to read the press release about the New Center of the Year Award and the Front Runner Award.

Scotland Wound Healing Center's Medical Team
Dr. Brian Parkes, general surgeon
Dr. Bradley Bethel, internal medicine
Dr. Ralph Carter, orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Harvey Kohn, Ob/gyn
Dr. Steve Lanuti, general surgeon
Dr. John Neal, family medicine
Dr. John Nobles, Ob/gyn
Dr. Patrick Ricotta, podiatrist
Dr. Paul Rush, orthopedic surgeon
Dr. John Smid, orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Taneka Williams, family medicine
Paula Davis, RN, Director

Scotland Memorial Hospital partnered with National Healing Corporation, which manages wound healing centers nationwide with an average healing rate of 80 percent attained in 12 to 16 weeks of therapy. Although the centers treat patients with chronic and advanced conditions that have not responded to previous therapies, the rate of limb amputation for non-responsive wounds is less than two percent.

Impressive Record of Healing Wounds
Paula Davis, RN, is the Center's director. She states, "We utilize a methodology with an impressive record of healing wounds that others thought hopeless. After performing a full diagnosis on a patient's first visit, we take photographs of the wound at each subsequent visit to evaluate the therapy's progress. Our treatments are evidence based and best practice driven, meaning our patients do not undergo any treatment or progress to a new level of treatment until the need is clearly indicated."

Likely candidates for treatment are those suffering from:
Diabetic ulcers
Pressure ulcers
Compromised skin grafts and flaps
Wounds that haven't healed within 30 days

One of the highly specialized treatments offered at the center is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and, in the case of wounds, allows red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wound to heal it from the inside out. Diabetic foot wounds are an excellent example of wounds that may benefit most from this type of treatment. The Center features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers which can also be used to treat patients suffering from such uncommon ailments as cyanide poisoning, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, brown recluse spider bites and the "bends," or decompression sickness.

While undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy patients relax on a bed encased within a large see-through acrylic shell. Patients may watch movies on televisions and VCR players mounted above the chamber while hearing the movies and conversing with others outside the chamber through a speaker system. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.

Patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans may self-refer to the Scotland Wound Healing Center. However, one of the center's missions is to build relationships with patients' primary care physicians. "We become a partner in the patient's medical care," continued Dr. Parkes. "While we dedicate our efforts to healing the patient's wound, the primary care physician can focus on treating the underlying cause or disease. Through regular communications, we work with the patient's doctors and other experts in the program to develop a total approach to treatment and care.

For more information and to schedule appointments, call The Scotland Wound Healing Center at 910-291-7711.

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