SOMC Wound Healing Center Opens

The SOMC Wound Healing Center

Southern Ohio Medical Center has opened the first hospital-based wound-healing service in the community.

The SOMC Wound Healing Center, located on the Main Campus of SOMC, is accepting patients by physician and self-referral. The facility offers a specialized staff and state-of-the-art equipment for treating wounds that are difficult to heal.

Dr. Sonja Lichtenstein

Sonja Lichtenstein, MD, a surgeon on staff at SOMC, is the Administrative Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center. Thomas L. Khoury, MD, a surgeon at SOMC, is the Medical Director of Research and Education for the Wound Healing Center.

Dr. Thomas Khoury

Treatment at the center follows clinical pathways established with National Healing, a network of more than 80 wound healing centers nationwide. The treatment approaches have resulted in national rates that include full healing in 16 weeks or less in the majority of cases.

Among treatment approaches at the SOMC Wound Healing Center, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is available with two treatment chambers on-site. Patients relax in the chamber while receiving pure oxygen, which stimulates the healing process in tissues where blood flow and oxygen delivery is poor.

Additionally, the Wound Healing Center provides advanced therapies including bio-engineered skin substitutes, vacuum-assisted closure and platelet technologies. Therapy for ulcers such as those that occur in the feet and legs is available. Treatments can also address conditions of the skin, bone and tissue that do not respond to traditional treatments.

A public open house is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m Sunday, Jan. 21 at the facility as well as for the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center opening in the same building, which formerly housed the hospital’s cancer services until 2004. Tours and refreshments are planned and visitors are encouraged to take a few minutes to meet the staff and see the facility.

For more information call the center at 356-8775.