November 30, 2009
Walton and MedEx Open New Center Specializing in Wound Care and Infusion Services
Augusta, GA—Walton Rehabilitation Health System has partnered with MedEx Associates to open a new center focusing on the care of patients with wounds and the need for infusion services.
Two Augusta-area physicians who specialize in wound care and infusion will be co-medical directors of the new Walton Wound Care and Infusion Center, located at 630 13th St, across from the main campus of Walton Rehabilitation Health System. Dr. Peter Rissing, a board-certified infectious disease specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in infectious disease and six years’ experience in wound care, has been named the medical director of wound care, and Dr. Jack Austin, a board-certified infectious disease specialist with more than 28 years’ experience treating patients with infections in the CSRA, will serve as medical director of infusion services. Together, they lead a team that includes wound-certified physicians, surgeons, infectious disease specialists, internists and qualified nursing staff.
Unique for the new center is its dual focus on wound care and infusion services—a first for the CSRA—with a rehabilitation wellness component.
“Wound care and infusion therapy very often go hand in hand, and at times, there is an overlap among patients who require both wound care and infusion services,” said Dr. Rissing. “The multidisciplinary approach of the Walton Wound Care and Infusion Center ensures that any patient who requires wound care and/or infusion therapy can be treated in a single office.” Added Dr. Austin, “We’re excited about joining forces with MedEx Associates and Walton Rehabilitation Health System to fill an unmet need in our community.”
“Since Walton has provided wound care services to our patients in the past, opening a dedicated wound care and infusion center—particularly one with a rehab emphasis—ensures that patients with complex issues continue to receive a broad continuum of care,” said Dennis Skelley, President and CEO of Walton Rehabilitation Health System. “The comprehensive services will benefit patients who have sustained a traumatic injury, amputation of a limb, surgical complications, serious infections or who suffer with chronic wounds.”
The Walton Wound Care and Infusion Center focuses on caring for chronic non-healing wounds, including diabetic wounds, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, cellulitis, trauma, post-surgical wounds and osteomyelitis. Treatments include advanced wound dressing, surgical debridement, vacuum-assisted closure, bioengineered tissue, growth factors, dressings and wraps to decrease lower leg swelling, non-invasive arterial and venous studies, bone scans, X-rays, biopsies and lab studies. Infusion services include intravenous antibiotics, intravenous antifungals, blood products, intravenous iron therapy, IVIG infusions, as well as IV Procrit.
The center will assure rehabilitation goals are integral in treating the whole patient. Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, physical and occupational therapists will be part of the medical team, aiding patients with chronic wounds or infections by increasing strength, mobility and functionality, improving circulation and building confidence, which can improve overall patient outcomes.
The Walton Wound Care and Infusion Center joins Walton’s other community outpatient centers, including the Walton Outpatient Therapy Center, the Walton Medical Associates and Aiken Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. To make a referral or schedule an appointment at the Walton Wound Care and Infusion Center, call 706-434-0052.
Media Contact: Danielle Wong Moores, Public Relations Specialist, 706-434-0150
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