Center For Wound Healing
Get the extraordinary care that heals even the toughest wounds.
We understand that living with a chronic wound can be physically and emotionally difficult for an individual. But you don’t have to live with a non-healing wound. Get the high quality dynamic wound care you’ve been looking for at the Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing.
We also understand that every wound is unique and our team is dedicated to treating chronic non-healing wounds that have resisted other forms of treatment.
On your first visit, you will receive a full diagnostic exam on your first visit so that our medical team can fully assess your wound and its underlying problems. We know the causes of chronic wounds are complex and our staff represents expertise in all of the major areas necessary to handle various circumstances and challenges. Next, you will receive is a personalized wound therapy program designed to move you toward timely healing.
Why Choose Three Rivers Health for Wound Care?
- The Center for Wound Healing was designated a Center of Distinction in 2016 for our wound care and hyperbaric treatments.
- We have one of the most experienced teams in the region for healing chronic wounds
- Our team is made up of specially trained physicians, nurses and hyperbaric technicians and are trained by nationally recognized wound care experts
- Our treatment plans are developed in collaboration with patients and caregivers including supplies and devices for home wound care
- Every treatment plan is based on the specific needs of the patient, including nutrition, wound dressings and lifestyle adjustments
- We provide an extensive assessment of the wound site as well as health factors that may be affecting the patient’s wound healing process
You may be a candidate if you have been suffering from any of the following:
- Bone infections
- Diabetic ulcers
- Failing skin/muscle grafts or flaps
- Lower leg ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Post-operative infections
- Radiation tissue injuries
- Recurring wounds
- Skin tears or lacerations
- Wounds that don’t respond to regular treatment or are infected
- Wounds that persist for more than 4 weeks
Services We Offer
The Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing provides a comprehensive range of services for effective wound treatment and associated medical conditions. This includes:
- Bioengineered tissue substitutes
- CelluTome epidermal harvesting system
- Compression therapy
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Negative pressure wound therapy
For more information or, to make an appointment, please call:
Center for Wound Healing
721 S. Health Parkway
Three Rivers, MI 49093
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is a non-healing wound? A non-healing wound is a wound that has not healed with traditional methods of healing. Often these wound are hidden by the patient under socks, pants or bandages. Some are as small as a pin hole and some are very large.
Sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.
How many people are impacted by wounds? It is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds and that number is expected to grow at more than two percent for the next decade. The rising incidence is fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.
What is the cost to our health care system of chronic wounds: Chronic wounds represent a cost of more than $50 billion to the healthcare system. More than 29 million people (9.5% of population) have diabetes in the United States (US) and almost two million of those people annually will develop a diabetic foot ulcer or other non-healing wound. Advanced wound care aims to prevent amputations and heal patients in a faster and more cost-effective way. We consider ourselves “limb salvage experts”. Losing just one toe can make a big difference to someone working on the farm, in a factory or someone who just enjoys spending time with the grandkids.
But if a wound is not getting any bigger is Advanced Wound Care Really Necessary? If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life, infection and possibly amputation of the affected limb. “We see patients living with non-healing wounds for a prolonged amount of time due to the lack of awareness of advanced wound care options,” said James MacDonald, DO, Medical Director for the Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing. “It’s as easy as calling to schedule an appointment to see if your wound needs Advanced Care”.
What is Specialized Wound Care? Specialized wound care takes look at the reason why the wound is not healing and uses state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education. Using an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetes education, and other areas to address total patient health.
What staff might I find at a Wound Care Center? A comprehensive team of wound care specialists from a variety of areas including podiatry, internal medicine, surgery and even emergency medicine. These physicians are specifically trained in wound care who are committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The Center is made up of a team of professionals, including:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
- Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
- A personalized wound treatment program
What can I expect from my first appointment? Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.
Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.
A program tailored just for me and my wound? Yes, it is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process. once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.
Is the Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing affiliated with any other organizations? Yes, the Three Rivers Center for Wound Care is a member of the Healogics network. Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation, and saw nearly 300,000 patients in 2014 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.
What if I have a non-healing wound? What should I do? You should call and make an appointment with your Primary Care Physician or you can call the Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing. You do not need a doctor’s referral to come see us. Simply call 269-273-9600
What is the best part of the job? From Jeanne Case, Program Director, “The best part of working at Three Rivers Health is helping local people meet their healthcare goals. The best part of the Three Rivers Health Center for Wound Healing is hearing our Healing Bell Ring. When patients heal, they get to ring a brass bell that is in our lobby. The entire staff celebrates the patient’s success. Our staff is passionate about what they do and the patient’s victory is all of our victory!”