SMC’s Wound Care has a brand new, completely renovated home at the front of the facility.
“By moving Wound Care to the front, it will make access easier for our patients, and will serve as a visible sign to our community of our renovations,” said Dr. Tammy Torres, SMC Chief Executive Officer. “Also, four rooms in the former Wound Care location have been retrofitted to expand our ED capacity to 22.”
Wound Care now has an outside entrance between the Emergency and Employee entrances, four spacious exam rooms, a reception area, and a nurse’s station.
“We see, on average, 60 patients a week,” said Wound Care Director Renee Knight.
Wound Care specializes in the treatment and healing of diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, traumatic wounds, and many other non-healing or hard-to-heal wounds.
The renovation will also bring additional equipment to boost Wound Care’s ability to treat patients.
“It’s very exciting to note that we will eventually be enhancing our clinical wound care service by adding two hyperbaric chambers,” said Dr. Torres.
Knight said the chambers will be installed during the second stage of construction.
“Wounds need oxygen to heal,” Knight said, “and a hyperbaric chamber uses 100-percent oxygen at a higher-than-normal pressure to treat wounds and help them heal quicker.”