Hutcheson Opens New Advanced Wound Center

Thursday, July 8, 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.


Nominations Open For Youth Leadership Forum On Medicine

Nominations and applications are now being accepted for the Chattanooga and Hamilton County Medical Society and Medical Foundation of Chattanooga’s 12th annual Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. The program will be held June 5-8 and includes daily round table discussions with physicians and shadowing a different physician each day. This year, the program is open to rising ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Launches Alzheimer's Center Of Excellence In Clinton

Local dignitaries, public officials, and community members, as well as residents and their families, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the conversion of Morning Pointe of Clinton to an Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence. The campus will offer memory and related dementia care services, while Morning Pointe of Powell will continue to offer both assisted living and memory ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In 3-Car Accident In Dalton On Saturday

There was a fatal three-vehicle crash on the South Bypass in Dalton just south of Sawgrass Drive  on Saturday  at approximately  4:30 pm . The crash happened when the driver of a black Ford Mustang traveling southbound on the bypass for some reason left its lane of travel and crossed over the center line and hit a 2004 Chevy Silverado truck head on. ... (click for more)

Car Crashes Into Motel 6 In Dalton; Driver, 17, Admits To Texting While Driving

The Dalton Police Department and Dalton Fire Department responded Saturday morning to a crash at the Motel 6 at Highway 41 and Tibbs Road. The driver of the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix involved left the roadway and crashed into the Motel 6 building causing severe damage to one of the rooms. There were no major injuries. Investigators believe texting while driving was a contributing ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Ballooniac’ Fined $25K

The Calgary Stampede is one of the biggest events in Canada and every year it draws well over 1.5 million people to one of the most beautiful places in the world. It started in 1912 as a big rodeo event and today it lasts 10 straight days. A highlight is the chuck-wagon races, where $4 million of advertisements are sold on the wagon’s canvas covers and there are pancake breakfasts ... (click for more)