Daemen College Receives $530,000 Grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation
The Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic, a Collaboration of Independent Health Care Providers, will be Located at the Center for Skin Integrity
February 27, 2012
Contact: Mike Andrei
The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded $530,000 to Daemen College for the establishment of the Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic (DCPTWC), to serve individuals in Western New York who are suffering from chronic wounds. As part of this project, the College also plans to establish a Wound Care Academy to increase the skills and expertise of practitioners in Western New York.
The DCPTWC will be located at the Center for Skin Integrity, a collaboration of independent health care providers which includes the Buffalo Medical Group, P.C.; The McGuire Group; The Center for Plastic Surgery; and Dr. Paul Nasca (Podiatry).
“Daemen College would like to thank The John R. Oishei Foundation for its strong support of the College and this vision,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “This project really supports lowering health care costs, particularly for individuals with venous and diabetic wounds, and will contribute to Western New York's capacity for and reputation in health care by preparing a specialized health care workforce.
“I would also like to thank Representative Kathy Hochul for her strong and unstinting backing of this project.”
“I’m proud to have been an early supporter of the Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic,” said Congresswoman Hochul. “This project will not only help individuals in Western New York who are suffering from chronic wounds heal as quickly as possible, but will do so at the least amount of cost to patients, while providing treatment under one roof.”
Chronic wounds are wounds that do not heal, as compared to acute wounds. Chronic wounds include infections (bacterial, fungal, parasitic), pressure ulcers (bed sores), diabetic ulcers, burns, radiation, frostbite, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, and refractory cysts. Chronic, non-healing wounds are painful and can destroy an individual’s mobility and quality of life. They may lead to a number of complications, including disability or need for assisted living, home care, depression, loss of digit or limb, infection, or death.
“Our ultimate vision is to develop and exercise a model leading to a standard for how chronic wound healing care can be provided in the most effective and successful manner in Western New York,” stated Michael S. Brogan, DPT, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.
“Through the Wound Healing Academy, the partners aim to prepare more individuals in Western New York to provide specialized, collaborative care to address the growing incidences of chronic wounds at an advanced level.”
The project’s partners plan to provide advanced clinical education through the establishment of the Daemen College Wound Care Academy – providing clinical education for up to 120 physical therapy students in the region per year. The Academy will also host an annual wound care continuing education course and triennial wound care symposium, to meet the need for continuing education for physical therapists and other practitioners, improving the knowledge and level of clinical expertise of wound care in the Western New York region.
In addition, the Academy will seek to establish a New York State Registered Certificate in Wound Care for licensed health care professionals (M.D., P.T., RN, P.A., O.T.) in order to increase the number of wound care specialists in Western New York. It is planned that associated treatment limitations, leading to research questions, will be referred for clinical and scientific investigation to Daemen’s Center for Wound Healing Research at Daemen College, a team that has a long-standing, collaborative research relationship with scientists from SUNY Buffalo and physicians from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Finally, the Clinic will provide research opportunities for faculty, students, and practitioners relative to treatment of chronic wounds at the clinical, cellular, and biochemical levels. The Daemen College Center for Wound Healing Research has already procured over $3.8 million in funding from industry, private foundations, and the federal government to support research. One of the current research projects of the team is to develop new products and technologies for wound treatment.
The research team includes scientists and researchers from Daemen (Dr. Michael Brogan, Dr. Laura Edsberg, and Dr. Kristin Fries); SUNY at Buffalo (Dr. Joseph Gardella, Dr. Frank Bright, Dr. Alexander Cartwright, Dr. Robert Hard, and Dr. Bahattan Koc); and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Dr. Wesley Hicks, M.D., F.A.C.S.). Also part of the research team are area physicians and surgeons Dr. Corstiaan Brass (M.D., Infectious Disease); Dr. Raymond O. Schultz (M.D., F.A.C.S.), and Dr. Paul C. Nasca (DPM).
The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo region. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.