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Wound Care at McLaren Bay

Published on Thursday, December 22, 2016

One thing that McLaren Bay takes pride in is recognizing when there is a health need in the community that should be filled. So, when the care team identified a gap in treatment for individuals with non-healing, chronic wounds, an expert solution was developed.

“There was strong community need for chronic wound care,” says Roger Skrabut, director of Patient Care Services for McLaren Bay. “Providers had been asking for this service [after] previously having to send their patients out of town to get this level of care.”

To remedy the challenge for patients having to travel for specialized wound-care treatment, McLaren Bay introduced the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center in Uptown Bay City to provide outpatient services. The new health site center offers individuals with chronic wounds specialized, advanced treatments such as CelluTome Epidermal Harvesting, Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, MIST therapies, bio-engineered tissue, negative-pressure wound therapy, and ultrasonic surgical debridement systems.

The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is staffed by Medical Director Leonard D. Benitez, MD, FACS, CWSP, a McLaren Bay surgeon, as well as two full-time wound care-certified registered nurses, a nurse practitioner, and two clerical staff members.

Dr. Benitez notes that wound healing can be a complex process involving many different medical specialties, which is why a central location for treatment is so important. While primary care doctors have treated patients’ wounds in the past, wound care has now become its own specialized area of medicine. The center brings every specialty, from infectious disease to orthopedics to plastic surgery, together in one place so that each patient receives individualized treatment and the specialized attention necessary to heal. “It’s a one-stop shop for coordinated care,” Dr. Benitez says.