BUCKHANNON, WV – A ribbon cutting was held at St. Joseph’s Hospital Wound Care Clinic to celebrate the opening of the new facility and in recognition of Wound Healing Awareness Month.
Wound Healing Awareness Month recognizes the challenges experienced by individuals whose lives are affected daily by chronic wounds and brings awareness to the support given by certified wound specialists.
Nearly 7 million Americans are living with chronic wounds, including 2 million who are living with diabetic foot ulcers. The longer a chronic or non-healing wound goes without proper treatment, the greater the chance of infection, hospitalization or even amputation.
St. Joseph’s Wound Care Clinic treats a variety of wounds that have not started to heal within two weeks, including chronic wounds, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, surgical and traumatic wounds, ostomy care and arterial and venous leg ulcers.
The Wound Care Clinic is staffed by podiatrists Addison Michael, D.P.M. and Jennifer Michael, D.P.M., general surgeons Susan Long, M.D., Steve Riddick, M.D., and Ross Knowles, D.O.; and wound care specialist Bonnie Blackburn, P.A.-C. They provide individualized treatment plans utilizing the newest clinical tools in wound healing along with traditional clinical practices.