ABOVE: Patient Robert McKenzie says he appreciated the compassion showed by the staff at Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center.
Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center offers hope for healing
Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center Clinical Coordinator Robin Cline stands beside the hyperbaric chamber used to promote healing.
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Every scar we have tells a story about an injury, our survival and recovery, and about the body's ability to heal.
While the body is designed to repair itself, conditions like diabetes or vascular disease can cause wounds that are persistent and painful. An estimated 6.7 million people in the United States are suffering from chronic wounds that will not heal on their own.
June is Wound Care awareness month, bringing attention to medical services which are under-recognized and often misunderstood. Wound care is more than bandages; it includes high-tech solutions and specialized care, all of which are available to patients close to home in Iredell County.
"We give every new patient a thorough assessment," said Robin Cline, clinical coordinator at the Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, part of Iredell Health System. "We follow clinical guidelines that are proven to promote healing and we customize that treatment to each patient’s needs."
Patients with a variety of conditions, including diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, burns, bleeding from the bladder, and more, can get help at the Wound Care Center.
Mooresville resident Robert McKenzie needed help with complications after cancer treatment.
"I never used the service before and only had a general idea what the wound care center was for," he said. "I didn’t realize everything they do and who they can help."
McKenzie’s treatment plan included time in a hyperbaric chamber, a state-of-the-art device that pumps 100 percent pure oxygen for the patient in a pressurized environment. Other advanced treatment methods include bioengineered skin substitutes and growth factor therapies.
The Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center takes a holistic approach to healing, combining the latest technology with finding ways to help patients that you might not expect.
"We will connect our patients with home health care, wheelchairs, beds and medical equipment," said Cline. "Part of our goal is to make sure they have everything they need to get better."
The Center is reaching those goals with a heal rate of 92 percent within 31 days. In February it was named a Center of Distinction by Healogics Inc. for the fifth straight year. The Center has received that award for every year of eligibility since it opened in 2011, and is the only center in Iredell County to repeatedly earn that recognition.
"All staff at Iredell Wound Care Center work together as a team and without each one we would not be able to accomplish these goals," said Cline.
Cline also said their success is due to more than just medicine because they treat their patients like family. McKenzie agrees.
"I can’t say enough how wonderful the nursing staff is, especially their willingness to do anything they can to improve your situation," he said. "You don’t know how much their support can help you until you have it."
To learn more about the Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, call 704-768-0542 or visit Iredellhealth.org.
About Iredell Health System
Iredell Health System includes Iredell Memorial Hospital; Iredell Home Health; Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center; Community and Corporate Wellness; Occupational Medicine; and the Iredell Physician Network. Iredell Memorial Hospital is the largest and only non-profit hospital in Iredell County. The comprehensive healthcare facility has 247-beds; more than 1,500 employees; and has 260 physicians representing various specialties. Centers of excellence include Women’s and Children’s; Cardiovascular; Cancer; Surgical Services and Wellness & Prevention. Iredell Memorial was also recently named as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Hips and Knees, as well as Maternity Care, by Blue Cross Blue Shield. The mission of Iredell Health System is to inspire wellbeing. For a comprehensive list of services and programs, visit www.iredellhealth.org