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August 29, 2013

Ellwood City Hospital plans wound care center

NEW CASTLE — Ellwood City Hospital has signed an agreement with Healogics Inc. to open a wound care center.

Scheduled to open in late 2013 in the former Mary Evans Extended Care Center location at the hospital, the center will treat chronic wounds.

Chronic wounds affect more than 6 million people in the United States.

“The hospital is committed to providing the best quality of care for our community,” said Carolyn Izzo, acting president and chief executive officer.

Christy Spoa, chairman of the hospital’s board, pointed out, “Wound care is a vital service that we felt was needed in our area.

He said the board and administration “are truly committed to expanding our health care services and laying the groundwork or our next 100 years of service to the community.”

Ellwood City Hospital will join the Healogics network that includes academic medical centers hospitals and thousands of professionals.

In 2012, Healogics treated more than 200,000 patients and healed 94 percent of chronic longtime wounds with a median heal time of 31 days, according to Izzo.

The hospital will utilize the latest state-of-the-art treatment and protocols, which will include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and biosynthetics.

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