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Sinai Health System Opens Center for Advanced Wound Healing® and Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Chicago
Centers offer leading edge wound care and diabetes services using state-of-the-art technology
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2020
CHICAGO, IL – The Center for Advanced Wound Healing located at Holy Cross Hospital – 2701 West 68th St in Chicago is now open to offer advanced wound care for people living with chronic, non-healing wounds. Sinai Health System has partnered with Healogics, the nation’s leading provider of advanced, chronic wound care services. Healogics is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and has a nationwide network of over 600 Wound Care Centers®.
It is estimated that chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the U.S. and that number is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
The new wound care center is co-located with the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, which provides comprehensive services to help patients dealing with diabetes, endocrinology complaints and weight management to achieve and maintain good health and prevent short and long term complication by providing the knowledge, skills and support needed for successful control of their condition. The diabetes center offers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary services including diabetes education, weight and nutrition management, blood sugar monitoring techniques, eye examinations, medication management, and other services to help people lower their risks and live their best lives.
“Wound care centers are not prevalent at many hospitals, and especially not safety nets,”said Karen Teitelbaum, President and CEO, Sinai Health System. “The wound care and diabetes centers at Sinai will provide a place to deal with chronic wound care, which is especially needed with prevalence of diabetes in our communities revealed in our Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Sinai Urban Health Institute.”
The Center for Advanced Wound Healing and the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology offer an evidence-based, systematic approach to care. In the Center for Advanced Wound Healing, a patient’s individualized treatment plan may include specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, advanced cellular products and topical growth factors, edema management and/or non-invasive vascular assessment. These treatments are the result of a team approach between the Center’s physicians, nurses and the referring physician. A treatment plan is developed and scheduled based on the patient’s needs. Once treatment is complete, the patient will return to their primary physician to continue routine care.
Additionally, The Center for Advanced Wound Healing will be equipped with Healogics newest technologies: Clinical OptimizationSM and Decision SupportSM. These applications on Healogics’ WoundSuiteSM platform, enable the critical connection between people living with chronic wounds and their multi-disciplinary healthcare team for collaborative, evidence-based, patient-centered care.
“Wounds can affect a patient’s physical and emotional well-being,” said Bradley Riesterer, Program Director for the Center for Advanced Wound Healing. “Our team is honored to provide care to our patients and the community that gives people the opportunity to have their lives back.”
Likely candidates for treatment at the Center for Advanced Wound Healing are those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within a reasonable time frame. People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment may benefit from a visit to the Center for Advanced Wound Healing.
In the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, a pharmacist, medical provider, Certified Diabetic Educator, dietitian are available and non-dilated retinal photos are taken to provide annual retinal evaluations. An Endocrinologist is available for thyroid and hormone issues, and multiple weight management options are available including surgical options. A podiatrist is available for patients to address any diabetic foot health. Providing all necessary medical and supportive services in one location is a unique model putting the patient at the center of care.
The Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology focuses on those living with pre-diabetes or Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, weight and hormone management and thyroid related care.
No referral is needed, call 773-257-HEAL (4325).
About Sinai Health System
Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organization, is comprised of seven member organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute and Sinai Urban Health Institute. The system has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staffs, 654 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programs. For more information, visit www.sinai.org
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s wound healing expert. Last year over 350,000 patients received advanced wound care through a nationwide network of over 600 Wound Care Centers®. The Healogics team is made up of almost 3,000 employees, 4,000 affiliated physicians and a Healogics Specialty Physician practice group of nearly 300. In addition to the company’s network of outpatient Centers, Healogics partners with over 300 skilled nursing facilities to care for patients with chronic wounds, and provides inpatient consults at more than 80 partner hospitals. As the industry leader, Healogics has the largest repository of chronic wound-specific patient data in the country. The Healogics Wound Science Initiative, an effort launched in 2017 to provide peer-reviewed research, recognizes the value and relevance of big data and advanced analytics to drive continuous, collaborative learning towards a better understanding of how to efficiently utilize healthcare resources for patients with wounds. For additional information, please visit Healogics.com.