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ECMC Wound Care Symposium features distinguished Wound Care Specialist Dr. Scott
Covington as key note speaker

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; October 7,2013 - On Saturday, October 5th, The Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and the ECMC Lifeline Foundation held its second annual "Wound Care Symposium: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Wound Healing." This year, ECMC was able to arrange for distinguished wound care specialist Dr. Scott Covington to address some 100 clinicians in attendance during this conference. 

Scott Covington, MD, is the Executive Vice President in charge of Medical Affairs for Healogics. Certified by the American Board of Surgery and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Covington was founder of the first multidisciplinary wound center in North Carolina's Wake County. In addition to an extensive clinical experience in wound care, Dr. Covington is a Certified Hyperbaric and Wound Specialist (CHWS) with the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine.  Dr. Covington lectures frequently throughout the United States on wound care, and serves as an industry advisor on wound-related issues.  He is a member of the Wound Healing Society, the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. 

Other Wound Care Symposium 2013 presenters included: Lynn Kordasiewicz, MSN, ANP, WOCN, Nurse Practitioner for skin, wound, and ostomy care, ECMC; James Hassett, MD, Surgeon, Kaleida Health and ECMC, and Professor, University at Buffalo Medical School; David Davidson, DPM, Staff Member, Sports Medicine Institute, S.U.N.Y at Buffalo, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Ortho­paedics, University at Buffalo Medical School, as well as Chief, Podiatry Section, Department of Orthopaedics, Kaleida Health, and practitioner, Wound Center at ECMC; Matthew Antalek, DO, Infectious Disease Physician in private practice; Raphael Blochle, MD, Vascular Surgeon at ECMC / UBMD and Clinical Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo Medical School; and Jennifer Gurske-Deperio, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon at Kaleida Health and ECMC. 

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC, managed by Healogics, Inc., provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations.  When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within
30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.  Through a partnership with Healogics, Inc.,
ECMC is able to offer a new and comprehensive center providing specialized wound care and hyperbaric medicine.  The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is located on the ECMC Health Campus and can be reached by phone at 716-898-4800. 

About Healogics, Inc.: Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage more than 500 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and see nearly 200,000 patients per year through a connected network of centers, partner hospitals, academic medical centers, patients and families. Leveraging its scale and experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population. For more information or to find a Wound Care Center near you, please visit www.healogics.com/.

About ECMC Corporation: The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility. ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation and rehabilitation, and is a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences-the difference between healthcare and true careTM. 

CONTACT: Joe Cirillo:
716-898-4300 -or- jcirillo@ecmc.edu


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