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Recent ECMC Symposium Featured Wound Care Experts

BUFFALO, NEW YORK—On Saturday, September 24th, the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and the ECMC Foundation held the fifth annual “Wound Care Symposium.” This year’s event was titled, “The Future of Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine: Can Your Practice Survive?” The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.

Several distinguished wound care specialists addressed approximately seventy clinicians in attendance during this conference.  Wound Care Symposium 2016 presenters included: Thomas Serena, MD, founder and CEO of SerenaGroup, presented: “Survival of the Fittest”; Helen Gelly, MD, past medical director

of Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia discussed: “Pre-payment Review”; David Davidson, DPM, podiatric physician, Buffalo Medical Group and assistant clinical professor Dept. of Orthopaedics, UB, presented; The Comprehensive Evaluation of The Diabetic Foot”; Windy Cole, DPM, assoc. medical director, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Wound Center, explained: “IUNA: Indocyanine Green Fluorescent Angiography”; James Wilcox, RN, BSN, board-certified wound specialist and Advance Certified Hyperbaric Nurse, who discussed: “Wound Classification and Coding”; Martin Wendelken, DPM, podiatric physician, noted lecturer/author on wound care, presented:“Ultrasound for Osteomyelitis in The Diabetic Foot”; Timothy Mayhugh, LPN, CHT, VP, hyperbaric services & national safety director, SerenaGroup, explained: “Equipment in the Center: Total Contact Casting, Debridement Kits, Debridement Devices, Hg A1C”; Jeffrey Jordon, MD, PhD, board-certified surgeon & Wound Center medical director, ECMC, presented: “Limb Preservation n the Wound Clinic”; Ivan Dominguez, MD, vascular surgeon, Kaleida Health, discussed: “Vascular Screening for the Patient with a Chronic Ulcer”; David Davidson, DPM, and Thomas Serena, MD, co-presented: “Total Contact Casting: Review and Introduction of a New System.”

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at ECMC represents a partnership between ECMC and SerenaGroup™, Inc.  The Center 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 SerenaGroup™: The Wound Care Center represents a partnership between ECMC and SerenaGroup™, Inc., a company devoted to the concept that to be a center of excellence in the wound care field, clinical research is essential. SerenaGroup™ has conducted more than 50 clinical trials, ranging from novel antibiotics to bioengineered skin, growth factors, and platelet gels.  SerenaGroup™ is recognized internationally as being in the forefront of wound healing research.  We conduct research at each of our wound care clinics, which has resulted in more than 100 published papers and over 200 presentations world­wide.  Our clinical trials provide novel treatment to a patient population with diabetes and venous insufficiency.

ABOUT ECMC FOUNDATION: From lifesaving surgery for trauma patients to the extra support that makes a difficult time easier for visiting families, ECMC offers true care at every level.  ECMC Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, enhances what ECMC offers to our patients and community, secures the resources that make all the difference, and takes on initiatives to financially support the lifesaving work of ECMC.  As our community hospital, ECMC serves a range of patients and families across Western New York.  Through generous community support and building connections throughout our region, the Foundation strives to make more possible for our patients, their families, and our community.

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION: The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 602 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 a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and 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 care™.

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