MidHudson Regional Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine of Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Q: What was it like treating wound patients before working at the wound center?
A: Prior to joining, I was providing wound care to my patients as a part of my vascular surgery practice. Some of these wounds are complicated and require additional support services, as well as supplies – which are often not available in a private practice setting. Transferring care of these patients to the wound center setting allowed me to focus on their wounds with the assistance of the center’s expert nursing staff. It also allowed me to focus on my vascular surgical practice.
Q: What has been the greatest change in your process for seeing patients now?
A: When I am treating patients in the wound center, I can focus on various factors for non-healing wounds, which would include nutrition, management of diabetes, appropriate offloading and proper compression therapy to list a few. The choice of various advanced dressings, available through the center, has been a tremendous help to my patients.
Q: What would you say to a provider who was on the fence about working in the wound center?
A: Being part of a team of providers with various backgrounds of primary specialty has improved outcomes and increased satisfaction of the patients as well as of the referring physicians. It has also helped me improve my knowledge base of wound healing.