The Wound & Hyperbaric Healing Center, managed by Healogics, Inc., provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments.  Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.

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That's where our Healing Center can help. With state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn. The Center uses an interdisciplinary model of care, including infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetes education, and other areas to address total patient health.

Call us at 507-831-0686 for more questions or to make an appointment.

What to Expect

What to expect from the first appointment
Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment.  Upon referral to a Healogics Wound Care Center, patients undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the etiology of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.

Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed to optimize the therapies best suited to address the patient’s needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:

  • Laboratory evaluation
  • Radiology (including MRI)
  • Transcutaneous oxygen testing
  • Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
  • Ultrasound

After this determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be initiated based on the most effective treatment options. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.

Specialized wound care is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Patients are free to drive themselves to the Center for therapy, and you should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.

What is specialized wound care?
Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. 

It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process.  Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. The Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, topical wound therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education.  When wounds persist, a specialized and comprehensive approach is required for healing.

Preparing for your treatments
After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment.

Note: You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.

If you are sick or on medication
If you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, inform the staff at the Center before your treatments begin. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. (Note: your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.)

Wound Information

Chronic wounds: A growing problem

It is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds and that number is expected to grow at more than two percent for the next decade. The rising incidence is 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. Chronic wounds represent a cost of more than $50 billion to the healthcare system. There are 30.3 million people (9.4% of population) have diabetes in the United States (US) and almost two million of those people annually will develop a diabetic foot ulcer or other non-healing wound. Advanced wound care aims to prevent amputations and heal patients in a faster and more cost-effective way.

At the Wound & Hyperbaric Healing Center, we follow treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new scientific advances in wound care.

Partnership with the leading wound care management team leads to successful healing

Through a partnership with Healogics, Windom Area Health is able to offer a comprehensive center offering specialized wound care. Healogics is the world’s largest wound care management company with hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for nearly 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Of special importance to our hospital, Healogics Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, a 93%1 healing rate within 28 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.

A comprehensive team of wound care specialists

The Wound & Hyperbaric Healing Center is designed to complement your physicians’ services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The Center is made up of a team of professionals, including:

  • Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
  • A personalized wound treatment program

1When recommended course of treatment completed (2016)

Clinical Program Director

Nikkie Steen, RN

Program Director
Wound & Hyberbaric Healing Center
2150 Hospital Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: 507-831-0686

Nikkie is the Clinical Program Director for the Wound Center, who oversee operational and clinical aspects of the center. She has been a nurse for 23 years, and was most recently an RN and Trauma Coordinator, here at the Windom Area Health.

Providers

Steven P. Hartberg, MD

Medical Director
Wound & Hyperbaric Healing Center
2150 Hospital Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: 507-831-0686

Dr. Hartberg has practiced medicine in Windom since 1983. Hartberg Clinic provides a comprehensive range of medical services including Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, and Surgery. Originally from Windom, he attended the University of Minnesota for Medical School and completed his residency with Fairview and St. Mary’s Hospitals. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Family Medicine.


Naomi Bach, CNP, CWOCN

Wound & Hyberbaric Healing Center
2150 Hospital Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: 507-831-0686

Naomi is certified through the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society as a foot care nurse. She received her CNP from Clark University in Dubuque, Iowa. Bach has 10 years of experience in providing ostomy and wound with various outreach clinics and hospitals.


Liz Coleman, CNP

Wound & Hyberbaric Healing Center
2150 Hospital Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: 507-831-0686

Liz is board licensed in Family Medicine and received her CNP from Minnesota State University in Mankato. She comes to the Wound Center with experience in a variety of settings, including VA and community health centers, family practice and urgent care.

RN Staff

Lisa Duroe, RN

Wound & Hyberbaric Healing Center
2150 Hospital Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: 507-831-0686

Lisa got her RN license from Minnesota West in Worthington, Minnesota. She comes to the Wound Center from the Good Samaritan Society and Mikkelsen Manor in Windom, Minnesota where she was in Home Care as a RN/Case Manager. She was also the charge nurse at the nursing home in Windom. She enjoys patient interaction and seeing the progress that patients make and the impact it makes on their lives. Lisa is married with two children and enjoys camping in her spare time.


Tosha Mattison, RN

Wound & Hyberbaric Healing Center
2150 Hospital Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: 507-831-0686

Tosha graduated from the RN program at Minnesota West in Worthington, Minnesota. She has experience in small home health agencies. Mattison has interest in working with different types of wounds and wound healing. Tosha has a husband and 3 daughters and enjoys being outdoors in her spare time.


Tari Phillips, RN, BSN

Wound & Hyberbaric Healing Center
2150 Hospital Drive
Windom, MN 56101
Phone: 507-831-0686

Tari graduated from the RN program at Minnesota West in Worthington, Minnesota, then went on to receive her BSN from Aspen University in Denver, Colorado. Phillips has an interest in wound care and loves getting to know her patients, while helping them heal. She grew up in Scotland, South Dakota and currently resides in Jackson, Minnesota with her husband and two children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, doing DIY home projects, reading and gardening.

About Healogics, Inc.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of Wound Care Centers® throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Healogics technology-enabled wound care model supports the critical connection between patients with chronic wounds and multi-disciplinary teams for continuous, collaborative, patient-centered care.

For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.

Radiocasts

Tune in to FM 104 KUOO Campus Radio every Thursday at 10:30 am to hear our Wound & Hyperbaric Healing Center Program Director, Nikkie Steen discuss about the Wound Center.

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