LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As part of the ongoing commitment to increase health care access in South Louisville, UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is opening the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, focused on treating non-healing wounds.
Patients are examined by the multidisciplinary staff trained in wound care who provide a comprehensive approach to treatment, from evaluating all possible physical conditions for the wound that could interfere with proper healing, to developing treatment plans for maximum healing and relief. This outpatient center will be especially beneficial for patients who might struggle with slow-to-heal or non-healing wounds, foot or leg ulcers, surgical wounds that have opened, internal injuries or open wounds from radiation therapy, or acute traumatic and crush injuries.
“The opening of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is just one more way that Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is better serving South Louisville with improved access and compassionate care,” said Melisa Adkins, CEO of Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “Our dedicated clinical staff understands the totality of the patient from a perspective of wound healing. We are working to treat not only the wound, but the underlying cause of the wound.”
The 2,600 square-foot space sits inside Medical Plaza 1 on the Mary & Elizabeth Hospital campus. The highly skilled team of physicians, nurses and technicians dedicated to the center won’t only have advanced training in wound care but hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) as well.
The treatment is especially beneficial for diabetic patients with non-healing ulcers as well as conditions without open wounds. HBO promotes healing by increasing the level of oxygen in the tissue and improving the healing efficiency of the white blood cells. Therapy is administered in a hyperbaric chamber that delivers 100% oxygen with increased atmospheric pressure, stimulating the entire body’s natural healing responses. Patients undergoing therapy have complete privacy in comfortable, individual chambers equipped with televisions and headphones.
Mary & Elizabeth Hospital is approaching 150 years of caring for patients and consistently pushes growth in order to nurse the needs of the community. In 2023 alone, it has opened the doors to its community pharmacy and announced the return of labor and delivery services in South Louisville with The Birthing Place, scheduled to open in 2025. The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is just another example of the dedication to Louisvillians west of I-65 and beyond.
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