Hutcheson Opens New Advanced Wound Center

Thursday, July 08, 2010
Fred Young, Hyperbaric Safety Director, prepares the new hyperbaric chambers as the Advanced Wound Center is completed at Hutcheson.
Fred Young, Hyperbaric Safety Director, prepares the new hyperbaric chambers as the Advanced Wound Center is completed at Hutcheson.

Hutcheson opened its new Advanced Wound Center at its Fort Oglethorpe campus, providing local access to advanced wound care. The Center is designed to treat the medical issues that surround sores and wounds that do not show significant improvements during treatment. The North Georgia community will now have access to wound care health professionals with the goal of aggressively managing chronic wounds to ensure quick healing and recovery.

“After several months of strategic planning to expand new health services to our community, wound care was one of our primary focuses. This investment will bring a collaborative effort of wound treatment and hyperbaric technology together in one central location on our campus,” said Gerald Faircloth, chief financial officer/chief operating officer at Hutcheson.

Indicators of the need for wound care treatment come from a variety of medical issues including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease and immobility. With a now comprehensive approach to wound treatment at Hutcheson, under the medical directorship of Todd Rudolph, MD, the group of medical professionals and physicians involved with this program will design a plan of care with state-of-the-art treatment options including hyperbaric therapy, according to officials.

With the recent installation of two hyperbaric chambers, this technology will supply 100 percent oxygen at a controlled pressure to the body to stimulate and support healing of the wounds or sores. A treatment plan will be designed with a series of reoccurring hyperbaric oxygen treatments that last approximately two hours each in addition to progress assessments throughout the process.

“The new Center with its specialized and trained physicians and nurses, the North Georgia area will have individualized care with the ability to improve the quality of life for chronic wound sufferers,” said Charles Stewart, president and CEO.

For information or to schedule an appointment at the Advanced Wound Center, call 706 858-2816.

A community open house is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 12 from 4:30-6 p.m.


Bradley County EMS Reviews And Drills For Infectious Diseases

With the growing concerns of infectious disease, Bradley County EMS is being proactive and reviewing their infectious disease protocols. Current policies and procedures are being reviewed and updated. Personal protection equipment has been updated as well to provide the best protection to the EMS responders. Emergency responders are exposed to a variety of contaminates on ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Of Hixson Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Morning Pointe of Hixson Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Memory Care is turning five. Officials said, "Come celebrate. Experience a day in the life of a Morning Pointe resident. Enjoy food, special activities and entertainment. Plus autograph the newly-released Hixson Family Genealogy Book. "   There will be a Kindermusik demo, mini art and baking classes along ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)