Mercy Health Celebrates First Anniversary of its Newest Wound Care Centers; Patients Getting the Gift of Better Health

(CINCINNATI; March 25, 2014) – Usually, the people celebrating an anniversary are the ones to get gifts but as Mercy Health’s two newest Wound Care Centers celebrate their first year in operation, it’s Wound Care Center patients who are enjoying the gift of better health.

Mercy Health, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that its Wound Care Centers at Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital and The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health in Kenwood have already helped hundreds of patients heal previously tough-to-heal wounds. The new wound care centers joined those already at Mercy Health - Clermont Hospital and in Mercy Health’s medical office building in Mt. Airy on the West Side, meaning that wherever a patient lives, a Mercy Health wound care center is nearby. Mercy Health runs the Wound Care Centers in partnership with wound care leader Healogics.

The centers are meeting an increasing demand for effective, dedicated treatment of chronic wounds, defined as wounds that don’t improve within four weeks and do not completely heal within eight weeks. Many of the patients Mercy Health treats are diabetic, obese or older adults with poor circulation, populations that continue to grow rapidly in the U.S. and that are particularly vulnerable to developing a chronic wound.

Using advanced treatments, including hyperbaric oxygen chambers, skin grafts and more, the wound care centers treat a number of conditions, such as:
• leg and foot ulcers or wounds, including diabetic, arterial, pressure and neuropathic ulcers
• venous insufficiency, which occurs when weakened veins can’t pump blood back to the heart
• surgical and traumatic wounds 
• burns

The center at Fairfield Hospital has treated over 350 new patients since opening and boasts a 91% healing rate in 27 days. It sees an average of 100 patients each week. The Jewish Hospital center treated over 250 patients in its first year of operation. It boasts a 90% healing rate in 28 days and sees an average of 65 patients per week.

Mercy Health’s wound care centers and hyperbaric medicine programs take a case management approach, emphasizing treatment, patient-education, coordination of home care services and prevention. This approach has led Mercy Health’s wound care centers to be among the best in the nation when it comes to healing chronic wounds.

In the past, a chronic wound could eventually lead to amputation of the infected foot or leg but medicine has made huge strides in reducing those worst-case scenarios. Wound Care Centers like those at Mercy Health are helping change these outcomes.

Mercy Health’s Wound Care Programs were among the first in Greater Cincinnati and have treated patients from throughout southwest Ohio, with some traveling from as far as Portsmouth, Ohio and southeast Indiana. For additional information, please contact the Mercy Health Wound Care Center nearest you to schedule an appointment. Contact information for each center follows below:

• Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital Wound Care Center, located in the hospital, 3000 Hospital Drive, Batavia, 45103, 513-735-8924
• Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital Wound Care Center, located in the Lower Level of the Ambulatory Surgery Center on the Fairfield Hospital Campus, 3000 Mack Road, Fairfield 45014, 513-774-2880
• Mercy Health – Mt. Airy Wound Care Center, located in the Medical Office Building, 2454 Kipling Ave., Suite 120, Ohio 45239, 513-853-5955
• The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health Wound Care Center, located in the hospital, 4777 E Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, 45236, 513-686-5757