Maryland General Hospital Opens State-of-the-Art Wound Healing Center

For immediate release: April 06, 2012

Contact:

Marian Callaway

mcallaway@marylandgeneral.org | 410-225-8352

Multi-disciplinary team focuses on treating chronic wounds

Baltimore, MD - Maryland General Hospital (MGH) recently opened a new wound healing center that will provide state-of-the-art care for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds. The Maryland Wound Healing Center, located in a new facility on the second floor of the main hospital, provides specialized, hospital-based outpatient care for people with wounds that fail to heal in more than 30 days with standard treatment.

The Center, which includes two mono-place hyperbaric oxygen chambers and an expanded vascular lab, offers a comprehensive, one-stop approach to wound treatment. Explains Sylvia Smith Johnson, Maryland General’s president and CEO, "We have a high prevalence of diabetes and vascular problems in our community. These health issues can cause serious, non-healing wounds that can result in permanent damage if untreated. We recognized that there were limited options for comprehensive wound care with advanced treatment that includes hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Our new center fills that vital need."

Treating chronic, non-healing wounds costs an estimated $25 billion annually and often entails expensive and lengthy hospital stays. Having access to a comprehensive wound healing center similar to the facility at Maryland General not only significantly reduces cost, it also provides patients with continuity of care, access to specialty providers and the latest innovative technologies available. Individualized care plans are developed for each patient and their wound is monitored closely until healed.

The Maryland Wound Healing Center offers treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous stasis disease
  • Bone infections
  • Pressure sores/ulcers
  • Burns
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Post-surgical wounds that do not heal
  • Trauma wounds

An experienced team and a strategic partnership

The Center is led by Medical Director Kapil Gopal, MD, MBA, a Maryland General vascular surgeon and member of the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The team includes a multi-disciplinary panel of family practitioners, vascular and general surgeons, infectious disease specialists, podiatrists, and nurses who are educated and have experience in the treatment of chronic wounds.

Maryland General has strategically partnered with National Healing Corporation (NHC), one of the leading providers of wound care in the country, which will manage the new Center. NHC manages over 160 hospital-based wound centers nationwide.

"Our program centers on a multi-disciplinary team focused on individualized care plans that utilize evidence-based protocols – including bio-engineered tissue substitutes, growth factor therapies, negative pressure wound therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and more – that have yielded a 90% wound healing rate and less than 2% amputation rate nationally," says Dr. Gopal.

For more information about Maryland General’s new Maryland Wound Healing Center, call 1-855-866-HEAL or 410-225-8600.

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About Maryland General Hospital

Founded in 1881, Maryland General Hospital is a 213-bed urban community teaching hospital and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the hospital provides healthcare in more than 30 specialties to approximately 110,000 patients annually through inpatient and outpatient care and free health screenings throughout the community.