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Until yesterday, Dr. Heiko Adams had to refer patients with chronic wounds to medical facilities in Louisville in order to dress their wounds. Some had to make the drive once a week, some more than that.
But now that a local wound treatment center has opened in Shelbyville, Adams said his patents can spend less time on the road and more time resting and healing.
The Wound Healing Center of Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare, which is the fourth facility of its kind to open in the metro Louisville area, opened on Thursday morning. The facility is located in back of the Harland Sanders Medical Campus.
Adams, one of the doctors who treats the wounds at the center, said that most patients treated at the facility have acute, non-healing, chronic wounds such as arterial, diabetic, pressure, or venous ulcers, and traumatic wounds.
He said that diabetes is the cause for many of the chronic wounds that they treat.
According to the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, approximately 274,000 adults in Kentucky have the disease, which excludes the projected 111,900 that are undiagnosed.
In a press release, Donna Meador, vice president for Clinical Services at JHS, said the Wound Healing Center is a needed service for Shelby County and the surrounding area.
"Since it is a service delivered weekly until a patient is healed, it's of great benefit to the patient and their family to have this care provided close to home. Plus, the Wound Healing Centers have experienced great success, bringing relief to those suffering from wounds that won't heal. We couldn't be more pleased to offer this service to our community," she said.
Don Buchanan, the first patient of the center on Thursday, has diabetes which has caused a non-healing wound on his foot. Buchanan said that he was impressed by the quality of the service at the faculty.