St. Rita's highly trained nurses in the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Department help patients to manage ostomies, help heal chronic and acute wounds and support patients experiencing problems with incontinence. The team is made of nurses Board Certified in ostomy, wound and continence and a Nurse Practitioner Board Certified Advanced Practiced in wound, ostomy and continence.

The team currently includes: 

  • Melissa Tobe-Sutton, CNP, CWOCN - AP
  • Michele Rosas, RN, BSN, COCN
  • Melissa Mangen, RN, BSN, CWOCN
  • Jill Mangas, RN, BSN, CWOCN


The Wound, Ostomy and Continence staff offers ostomy services which include pre-operation education and counseling as well as pre-op stoma marking. We also work closely with patients and their families in the Medical Center who have been diagnosed with new stomas teaching them how to care for themselves. The St. Rita's staff also works with patients in the Medical Center who already have stomas and need additional help. We regularly see patients in the Outpatient Department who have problems managing their ostomies. An ostomy is an artificial opening of  an organ of the body created during an operation.

Types of Ostomy’s

  • Colostomy
  • Ileostomy
  • Urostomy
  • Ileal Conduit

Ostomy Support Group

Another service offered by the ostomy group is an Ostomy Support Group that meets the third Tuesday of every month (excluding July and August) in the Cafe Conference Room of the Medical Center. The goal of this group is to educate the patient and family and support/help each other through this process. Call 419-226-9515 to get on the mailing list.


At St. Rita's Medical Center, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Department works to evaluate and manage patients with difficult to heal wounds, pressure ulcers or fistulas. We also serve as resource for the community health care providers, physicians and other staff in terms of wound care. This group also evaluates and manages patients with chronic wounds in the Outpatient Department along with patient's physician.


The Continence team assists in managing patients in the Medical Center who have problems with incontinence.


Medicare, Medicaid and most other insurance generally cover most visits, however, if you have questions, please check with your provider.