Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) began seeing patients last week in its new Institute for Advanced Wound Healing. The Institute, which specializes in advanced wound therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, is located on the first floor of the Professional Office Building on the hospital’s main campus.
Patrick N. Kimbrell, M.D. and Heather A. McKenzie, M.D, will serve as co-Medical Directors for the program. Both are full-time Certified Wound Specialists. The wound physicians will work directly with area physicians to evaluate and instigate appropriate healing regimes for patients with, at risk, slow to heal or problem wounds such as:
Diabetic foot/leg ulcers Soft tissue infections
Arterial Wounds Bone infections
Swollen leg ulcers/venous ulcers Necrotic Insect Bites
Traumatic Wounds Burn Wounds
Surgery Wounds Radiation Wounds
Eight new associates have joined the CTMC team to support the new service.
“We are pleased to be able to provide this much-needed service enhancement to our hospital. This new team of physicians, nurses and technicians are specifically trained to provide comprehensive treatment to help those suffering from these kinds of wounds improve their quality of life,” said Gary Jepson, CTMC president and CEO.
The 4,500 sq ft facility was constructed during the 4th quarter of 2009. It is the latest in a series of improvements and service enhancements that the hospital’s main campus has undergone since 2007. The largest phase of a $35 million expansion and renovation project, which included a 64,000 sq ft Women’s Center opened in late Nov. 2009. A new cardiac inpatient nursing unit with all private rooms opened on the second floor of the same addition in Dec. 2009. The surgical suite expansion and renovation that is the final phase of the same project, is slated to wrap later this spring. Several hundred thousand dollars more have been invested in a third floor renovation including conversion to all private rooms, in 2008 along with a new Sleep Study Center and an expansion to the hospital’s MRI services. The CTMC Institute for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation opened in a 6,000 sq ft facility in the fall of 2007 followed by the early winter 2007 completion of the renovation to the hospital’s main lobby which included the addition of a Mocha’s and Java’s internet café.