SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people per year. Coosa Valley Wound Care is now open in Sylacauga to offer advanced care in these areas.

The Coosa Valley Wound Care opened in May with Quincy Leach as its nurse practitioner and Regina Phillips as its specialist. The two have combined for over 50 years in the medical field.

Phillips explained a wound care center is just what it sounds like. The clinic sees anything from a scraped knee to the most severe wounds from surgery wounds to chronic wounds.

“Any break in the skin that won’t heal is a patient that needs to be here,” she said.

Coosa Valley Wound Care offers the medical standard in wound care and is backed by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, treating more than 330,000 patient admissions annually.

“We’re committed to the health of this community, that’s actually part of our mission statement,” said Leach. “So, it’s very important and very fitting that we are associated with Coosa Valley Medical Center.”

By using the techniques from Healogics the clinic never has to guess about a treatment. “Healogics provides us with the training and evidence-based medicine, so everything we do when we treat a wound has been shown to be effective through research,” Phillips said. “We don’t do things we think are right. We know that we have the appropriate treatment based on research and the data.”

Likely candidates to use Coosa Valley Wound Care are those with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps and woulds that have not in a reasonable time frame. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation. This is what the clinic is trying to prevent, not only quality of life in a physical state, but the mental quality that comes with an ongoing wound or worse – an amputation.

“Once you have an amputation your life span decreases dramatically,” Phillips explained. “That’s where we can intervene. We can treat that infection and save that body part, and improve the quality of life.”

Phillips pleaded,”If you have a wound, don’t let anyone take any measure. We may be able to save that arm, foot or leg.” Spider and snake bites are also common in a wound care clinic.

The staff at Coosa Valley Wound Care is tedious, and conducts a nine-step healing process for all patients that have been proven to work. Phillips also said there is more misinformation out there on the topic of wounds that you would believe, and that it is important to always see a specialist when dealing with wound care.

CVMC is also excited to have the wound care clinic brining state-of-the-art technology and care underneath its umbrella. “CVMC is excited about offering wound care services to our community! We’ve partnered with Healogics to bring first class wound care to Sylacauga. We’re glad to be providing another service that will keep patients close to home for their care,” said Amy Price, Chief Nursing Officer of CVMC.

“One of the foundational planning cornerstones for CVMC through the years has been the identification of services that are not available locally which force members of the community to travel great distances for healthcare. Over the last few years we’ve been evaluating the opportunity to bring a coordinated wound care service to CVMC,” said Glenn Sisk, CEO of CVMC. “We’re confident that under the leadership of Dr. Regina Phillips and Quincy Leach, along with great support from the balance of the wound care team, that our patients and guests will now have access to world class wound care close to home.”

Coosa Valley Wound Care will hold a grand-opening and ribbon cutting on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. The Coosa Valley Wound Care is not referral-only from your primary care physician or another doctor. Anyone with any type of wound is suggested to visit Coosa Valley Wound Care.

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