CVMC meets growing need for wound care

Catawba Valley Medical Center unveiled its new Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbarics this week.

The center, which opened this month, will provide nearby wound care for patients in Catawba, Caldwell, Burke and Alexander counties.

"Chronic wound patients are often the elderly, who are susceptible to vascular disease, diabetes and pressure ulcers," CVMC officials said in a press release.

The new center will meet a growing need for wound care in the Unifour area, officials said.

In addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the wound center will offer negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth-factor therapies.

The center's hyperbaric oxygen chamber will be used to treat patients with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.

Richard Taylor, of Hickory, will serve as the center's program director. He recently served for more than three years at Health Care Solutions as a medical equipment and testing representative.

Taylor has 16 years of scientific and medical marketing experience and will lead operations that include patient care, recruiting and hiring, federal and state guideline compliance and budgeting.