Dr. Frederick F. Pordum II Named Director of Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic
Dr. Frederick F. Pordum II Named Director of Daemen College Physical Therapy
June 14, 2012
Contact: Mike Andrei
Daemen College has named Dr. Frederick F. Pordum II Director of the Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic (DCPTWC). Dr. Pordum is currently a senior consultant for a national home health consulting and management company and formerly was director of Home Wellness and Rehabilitation with the Catholice Health System..
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).
The DCPTWC will 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. As Director, Pordum will be responsible for all aspects of the clinic operation, patient care, and clinical and rehabilitative therapies.
Dr. Pordum has over 10 years of diverse leadership experience in healthcare management. He has held senior management positions in rehabilitation, wellness, telehealth, marketing, and operations in both hospital and privately held companies.
Dr. Pordum holds Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Daemen College. He also holds an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
“Fred brings a deep level of clinical experience in healthcare management,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “His natural strength as an innovator, research-based problem solving style, and success at building key relationships give him the skills to manage a complex healthcare entity such as Daemen’s Physical Therapy Wound Clinic. We are very pleased to welcome him back to Daemen College as a member of the administration.”
Some of Dr. Pordum’s many career accomplishments include:
•As a Project Consultant for Fazzi Associates, a national home care consulting firm, he led a statewide (Ohio) initiative focused on reducing avoidable hospitalizations from home. He has presented research and developed strategies to assist home health agencies significantly reduce their hospitalization rates to better position themselves for healthcare reform.
•Conducted comprehensive operational reviews for home care agencies throughout the United States to improve quality, financial performance, profitability, and staff and patient satisfaction, while also assisting in identifying their strategic direction. He has also provided interim executive management for agencies in need of strategic, financial, and operational leadership.
• He has served as a senior administrator for a number of home health care agencies to develop their rehabilitation operations and improve the quality of care provided to focus on patient outcomes and restoring activity in the community.
•Designed a telemonitoring program from its infancy to grow into one of the largest in the region. It expanded its reach beyond the confines of home health care and partnered with large primary care practice to focus on proactive management of patients with chronic disease. He has frequently served as an invited speaker and resource for agencies nationally on implementation of telehealth programs.
•Developed an evidence-based multi-disciplinary “Fall Risk Reduction Program” which was implemented throughout the region and proved to be a great benefit to the senior population throughout the region.
About the Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic
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.
“This project really supports lowering health care costs in Western New York, particularly for individuals with venous and diabetic wounds,” noted Daemen Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael S. Brogan, DPT, Ph.D. “In addition, we believe it will contribute to Western New York's capacity for and reputation in health care by preparing a specialized health care workforce.
“Our ultimate vision is to develop and exercise a collaborative 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. 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. 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. 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 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. In February, Daemen College was awarded $530,000 by The John R. Oishei Foundation for the establishment of the Physical Therapy Wound Clinic.