The WMHS Wound Care Center is an outpatient program that offers advanced wound care, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, for patients with chronic and acute wounds.
Dr. Julie Bielec, a hospital-employed wound and hyperbaric physician and also a surgeon who is certified by the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA), along with Nurse Practitioners, lead the clinical team in providing state-of-the-art wound care services.
The WMHS Wound Center offers a full spectrum of clinical services, including:
Bioengineered skin grafting
Off-loading and contact casting
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Any patient who is suffering from a chronic or complex wound can benefit from this program. Patients currently receiving home care services are also eligible to participate as part of their plan of care.
The Treatment Process
Our team of highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners, certified wound care clinicians and technicians will evaluate your wound and determine the best treatment to heal the wound quickly. Following a thorough history, wound assessment and vascular work-up, a comprehensive treatment plan customized for your particular condition will be developed. Treatment plans may change as your wound begins to heal.
Throughout the treatment process, wounds will be measured and photographed. The therapies and treatments offered are based on clinical algorithms that have been formulated from data from many researchers specializing in care and prevention of wounds and limb loss. Individual wounds will be assessed on each visit and treatment modalities will be adjusted to optimize a patient’s healing time.
Keeping You Informed
Communication with your referring physician is essential to manage any underlying disease processes, such as diabetes, that attributed to wound development or hinders the healing process. Progress reports will be created and delivered to referring physicians routinely to keep them abreast of your progress. We will also contact your physician if we recommend an invasive procedure or therapeutic service outside of the wound center’s scope of practice.
Our specially trained staff will educate you and your family on proper wound care, nutrition, diabetes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and wound prevention throughout their course of treatment. We also will coordinate specialty services including: home health, nutritional counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, smoking cessation and orthotics as needed to speed wound healing.
For more information about how the team at WMHS Wound Care Center can provide you with the most advanced therapies to heal chronic and acute wounds, please call us at 240-964-8711.
WMHS Wound Care Center
Western Maryland Medical Arts Center, Suite 360
12502 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
Most insurances accepted, a referral from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) in not necessary.
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Our bodies are able to heal most wounds in a short period of time. Chronic wounds are caused when the body’s healing process is delayed, usually as a result of common health problems such as diabetes or poor circulation. If chronic wounds are left untreated, these wounds can become larger, more painful, and can cause serious health issues.
Western Maryland Health System’s Wound Care Center brings together a team of wound care professionals who specialize in providing you with the most advanced therapies to heal chronic and acute wounds.
Our team of highly trained physician, nurse practitioners, clinicians and technicians will evaluate your wound and determine the best treatment to heal your wound quickly. Following a thorough history, wound assessment and vascular work-up, we will develop a comprehensive treatment plan customized for your particular condition. Treatment plans may change as your wound begins to heal.
We work closely with your primary care physician to evaluate and treat any underlying conditions that may cause delayed healing of your wound. It is important that we communicate with your referring physician regularly to ensure that treatment plans are coordinated and to keep your physician aware of your healing progress. Once your wound is healed, we will give you detailed instructions for follow up care and prevention of further wound problems.
The Wound Care Center offers a full range of therapies for wound treatment including:
Conventional and Specialty Dressings
Many chronic wounds can be healed with conventional dressings and comprehensive wound care techniques. Complex wounds may require specialty dressings, growth factors, negative pressure devices or bio-engineered tissue products. Our trained staff will evaluate your wound and design a treatment plan for you. As your wound heals, our team will continuously re-evaluate your treatment and make adjustments to achieve the best results.
Debridement is the removal of dead tissue from a wound. The team at the Wound Care Center will debride your wound as necessary to stimulate healthy tissue growth. There are several methods of debridement available at our Center, and our physicians and clinicians will provide you with the most effective therapy, while minimizing your discomfort and risk of complication.
Off-loading is positioning the body so that pressure does not rest on top of the wounded area. This can be done by simply not sitting, laying or walking directly on the wound and by using a special type of bed, chair, walker, pad, shoe or cast. We will assist you with off-loading techniques for your specific needs.
Venous insufficiency is one of the main causes of chronic wounds. This chronic condition causes painful swelling of the legs and makes it very difficult for wounds of the legs and feet to heal. Compression therapy is a method of wrapping the legs in several layers of dressings to decrease the swelling. Once the swelling is decreased, oxygenated blood can reach the wound more easily and wounds have a greater chance of healing. There are several different compression therapy methods and our qualified staff will work with you to provide the best therapy for you.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a treatment method in which a patient is enclosed in a single hyperbaric chamber that delivers 100 percent oxygen in an environment of increased atmospheric pressure. The therapy works throughout the entire body to improve the body’s response to infection and support tissue growth and wound healing.
Our state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers are designed with your comfort in mind. The clear, acrylic chamber allows the patient to have full visibility outside, while also allowing our staff to monitor inside the chamber as the patient is undergoing this treatment. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, most patients will sleep or watch television throughout the treatment period.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has proven to be a valuable therapy for diabetic foot ulcers, chronic refractive osteomyelitis, preservation of compromised flaps and grafts and delayed radiation injuries to soft tissue and bone.
Our specially trained staff will educate you and your family on proper wound care, nutrition, diabetes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and wound prevention throughout your course of treatment.
During your treatment, you may require additional services. We will coordinate specialty services including: home health, nutritional counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, smoking cessation and orthotics as needed to speed wound healing.
In general, insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid cover the conditions listed in this brochure. For specific questions about insurance coverage, we recommend contacting your insurance provider.
We offer outpatient services, providing a convenient way for working individuals to receive treatment. Appointments are made in consideration of your schedule, during regular working hours. We are available from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, to answer any questions that you may have. For additional information, please contact a member of our staff at 240-964-8711.
WMHS Wound Care Center
Western Maryland Medical Arts Center
12502 Willowbrook Road, Suite 360