Metro Health Wound Healing Center Opens at Metro Health Park East
Spurred by increasing demand, Metro Health Hospital will open a second location to handle wound care on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Metro Health Park East, 4055 Cascade Road SE.
The new Wound Healing Center at Metro Health Park East will feature 10 exam rooms and two hyperbaric oxygen chambers to provide treatment for patients with chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers and pressure sores, as well as delayed effects from radiation. The 6,620-square-foot facility kicks off the second round of expansion in the Metro Health Park East facility off of I-96.
“We are pleased to be opening the new Wound Healing Center at Metro Health Park East,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO. “Our team of physicians, nurses and wound specialists, complemented by a national wound management company, will serve the growing number of people suffering from chronic wounds by providing the best practices in wound care and hyperbaric treatment at a convenient location.”
Medical Director Dr. Jaret Beane will supervise a staff of nine full-time individuals at the center’s opening, including physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, medical assistants and respiratory therapists. Metro plans to grow the center’s staff to 15 throughout the next 12-24 months.
The Metro Health Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network. Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, managing nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation.
The Metro Health Park East facility is already home to the hospital’s 20,500 square-foot Outpatient Surgery Center. Metro expects to fill the remaining available space in the 82,000 square foot building as its sole occupant by the close of 2016. In addition to wound treatment and outpatient surgery, the facility will offer urgent care, laboratory and imaging.
Metro Health opened its first Wound Healing Center in 1991, making it one of the oldest in West Michigan. Metro Health added hyperbaric chambers in 2003, responding to the growing need for sophisticated wound care with new treatments and technology.
It is estimated that 23,000 individuals in the Greater Grand Rapids area live with chronic wounds. The incidence of chronic wounds is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment in four weeks may benefit from a visit to the Metro Health Wound Healing Center.
To schedule an appointment, please call 616.252.7494.