Daemen Will Mark Wound Care Clinic Success with Grand Opening June 12
Daemen Taking Lead Role, Collaborating with Regional Hospitals, HMOs, and other Western New York Healthcare Providers
Tackling a Problem of Global Importance
May 25, 2013
Contact: Mike Andrei
Following nine months of highly successful operation, Daemen College announced the formal grand opening of the Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Care Clinic, to be held 10 a.m., June 12 (note: location to follow).
The Clinic serves individuals in Western New York who suffer from chronic wounds. Daemen’s model for the Clinic, focused on developing a collaborative approach and standard for chronic wound healing, is strongly supported by The John R. Oishei Foundation, which has awarded more than $530,000 in support funding for the project to the College.
In addition, Daemen has raised another $210,000 in matching funds. As a result, wound care treatments are administered free of charge to the public for the Clinic’s two year demonstration period. The goal of the period is to provide an opportunity to gather medical data on each treatment, in an effort to ultimately cut time, patient suffering, and cost of care.
“Our goal is to provide high quality care to individuals in Western New York who are suffering from chronic wounds at the least amount of cost to patients,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson.
“We want to bring down the cost of treatment while providing specialized care at an advanced level to address the growing incidences of chronic wounds – in Western New York, nationally, and globally.”
"The non-profit faculty practice will support a robust program of research and evaluation of patient treatment interventions," noted Daemen Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael S. Brogan, D.P.T., Ph.D.
"Results on the effectiveness of the Clinic will be made public through publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals and presentations delivered at wound care professional conferences."
Since opening in mid-September 2012, the Clinic has evaluated over 120 individuals; over one quarter of the patients have been discharged with their wounds completely closed.
In the U.S. alone two percent of the general population is affected annually by chronic, non-healing wounds, at an estimated cost of $50 billion to the U.S. health care system. Chronic wounds often lead to complications including decreased mobility, loss of limb, or even death. Costs of care can range as high as $200,000 for a single wound, under traditional wound care treatments.
Moreover, with the rising age of the population, Western New York will see the number of individuals affected by chronic wounds increase significantly.
Richard Maslona, an Amherst resident, suffered from painful, chronic wounds that developed in a leg following a stroke over a year ago. Maslona said in addition, the wounds became increasingly debilitating.
“The wounds developed after I got laid up following the stroke – one beneath a kneecap, the other behind it. I had been to a lot of places, trying to get treatment. After meeting a Daemen physical therapist, I was encouraged when he told me he thought they could help.
“I went twice a week, for a little over a month. In 10 days, the sores that had been open and leaking for months were gone – you could see skin growth on them, and the pain was gone. My legs had swelled up tremendously, because of fluid from the wounds, and after the wounds closed, my legs went back down to normal size. I could walk up and down stairs again, and got my mobility back.”
Daemen has already procured over $3.8 million in funding from industry, private foundations, and the federal government to support wound care research, enabling the College to provide research opportunities for faculty, students, and practitioners focused on treatment of chronic wounds at the clinical, cellular, and biochemical levels.
“In taking a lead role in this effort, Daemen is collaborating with regional hospitals, HMOs, and other Western New York healthcare providers to accomplish this goal. Daemen has a lot of depth, bringing fields such as biomechanical engineering; biochemistry; microbiology; physics; and physical therapy to this project,” added Brogan.
“We also have academic partnerships with two major Chinese universities: Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, and Sichuan University. These agreements encompass wound care, and we believe it may be possible to establish an international institute of chronic wound research here in Western New York.”
The Western New York research team includes scientists and researchers from Daemen (Dr. Michael Brogan, Dr. Laura Edsberg, Dr. Kristin Fries, and Paulette Niewczyk); 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).
Additionally, the project’s partners plan to provide advanced clinical education through the establishment of a Wound Care Academy – providing 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,” said Brogan. “We want 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.”
To further that goal, the planned 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.
Location Note: The Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic is located at the Center for Skin Integrity, 2355 Union Road in Cheektowaga.