James H. Cummings Foundation Awards $17,000 to Daemen College

James H. Cummings Foundation Awards $17,000 to Daemen College for Equipment


October 1, 2012



Contact: Mike Andrei

               Director-College Relations

               (716) 839-8472



The Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Care Center has been awarded $17,000 from The James H. Cummings Foundation to fund equipment for the Center. 


The Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Care Center (DCPTWCC) 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. 


The DCPTWCC is located at the Center for Skin Integrity, at 2355 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY.


"The Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Center and accompanying clinical education will further elevate Western New York as a national leader with respect to collaborative, physical therapy-based interdisciplinary wound care research, education, and practice," said Michael Brogan, DPT, Ph.D., a physical therapist and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Daemen College.


"Through the Wound Care Center, we are offering direct patient care as well as a demonstration project with the objective of advocating for important changes in billing and reimbursement of outpatient wound care. We are working closely with all of the health care providers in Western New York.


“We are actively engaged in efforts to collaborate with other organizations dedicated to optimal care of patients in Western New York, and we welcome and invite further opportunities for collaboration."


"This award from the James H. Cummings Foundation will allow us the opportunity to purchase the latest technology in wound care to further advance the clinical care we are providing and the research that we conducting in the Center." said Fred Pordum, DPT, MBA, Director of the DCPTWCC.


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.


The Center will, additionally, 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. Daemen College faculty researchers are published in journals

including Advances in Skin and Wound Care, Wound Repair Regeneration, and Wounds.


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