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Wound Healing Center Observes Wound Care Awareness Week

Memorial Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center is participating in National Wound Care Awareness Week from June 2-6.

Memorial Wound Healing Center is one of 600 centers managed by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.

Chronic wounds affect millions of people in the United States. The incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.

“Chronic wounds primarily affect the elderly, and the need for wound care will only increase as our population ages,” said Heather Wahlbrink, director of Memorial Wound Healing Center.

Others who will benefit from wound care management include people with diabetes and circulation problems, arterial and venous diseases, soft-tissue infections, radiation-induced wounds, and conditions including edema, ischemia and osteomyelitis.

Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients that may benefit from advanced wound care therapies.

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment in four weeks may benefit from a visit to Memorial Wound Healing Center.

For more information, call (217) 588-2660 or visit MemorialMedical.com and click on Wound Healing Center in the directory at the bottom of the home page.

Memorial Wound Healing Center is at 901 N. First St., which is at the northwest corner of Dodge and First streets and north of the hospital’s main entrance. The center is open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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