September 30, 2008


State of the Art Therapies Include Hyperbaric Medicine

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center opened the new Wound Center on September 29. Located at 1218 Trotwood Avenue on the Maury Regional campus, the program specializes in the treatment of problem wounds, a growing issue spurred by the aging of America and the increase in diabetes. Approximately 23.6 million Americans have diabetes and of that population, about 1.8 million will suffer from a problem wound. According to Tony Benton, director of surgical services, approximately 12,809 individuals with diabetes live within a 25 mile radius of the hospital.

“Our program is completely devoted to healing problem wounds, and helping our patients to reclaim their quality of life,” said John Dawson, vice president of clinical services. “One of the most notable features of the center is the hyperbaric chamber. Patients who receive hyperbaric treatment have high healing rates because the process delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerates the healing process.”

James W. Richardson, Jr., M.D., a specialist in general and vascular surgery on the medical staff, will serve as the medical director of the program. Dr. Richardson will be assisted by a team of experienced wound care physicians, including Drs. Mark S. Hinson, James Kirkpatrick, Daniel D. Oxley and Kenneth Todd Piercy, specialists in surgical medicine; and Dr. Deborah L. Goldsmith, a specialist in infectious disease. Each physician will coordinate an overall care plan for each patient, working in partnership with the patient’s referring physician. “We are excited to be able to provide this much-needed addition to our program. Our entire multidisciplinary team of physicians and nurses are trained to provide comprehensive treatment and care,” said Dr. Richardson.

For most people, cuts and scratches heal within days or weeks. But for those whose natural healing process is hampered, a simple sore can become a complex medical problem requiring specialized care. The professional and caring staff at the Maury Regional Wound Center offer hope to patients with persistent wounds that have not healed. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the program operates by appointment and requires a referral from the primary care physician.

For more information about wound care treatments or to obtain a referral to schedule an appointment, please call the Maury Regional Wound Center at 931.490.7440.


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