LCRH Wound Care Center offers latest technology in treating debilitating and life-threatening wounds

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital has recently opened an exciting new service for the people of the Lake Cumberland region. The Lake Cumberland Wound Care Center® and Hyperbaric Medicine, located at 353 Bogle Street, Suite A, in Somerset opened in May. The Center is designed to provide treatment of chronic and acute non-healing wounds, utilizing advanced therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy and proven clinical protocols in providing comprehensive, integrated services.

"We are excited to be adding this vital service to our continuum of care," says Jeff Seraphine, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital CEO. "Not only will the Wound Care Center® complement the quality care already available at our hospital, but it also can serve as a key adjunct to the practices of our referring physicians-both of which will positively impact the health of our community and region."

Nationally, approximately 7 million people suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds-a serious disorder that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, non-healing wounds occur most frequently in the elderly and in people with diabetes-populations that are sharply rising as the nation ages and chronic diseases increase.

The medical director for the new Center is well-respected surgeon, Hossein Fallahzadeh, M.D.  After thirty-four years in private practice in Somerset, Dr. Fallahzadeh had recently retired, however, the opportunity to be a part of such an important and needed service has coaxed him back into the field he loves.

"We are pleased that Dr. Fallahzadeh has agreed to be such an important part of this new team," said Seraphine. "His clinical experience, his expertise, and his commitment to quality will help provide an important framework for successful outcomes for our patients."

During his years as a surgeon, Dr. Fallahzadeh was known for his fierce commitment to excellence and dedication to his patients.  This same passion will go far in his leadership position with the Wound Care Center®.

"In addition to having all the latest technology, our staff will have the expertise and specialized training necessary to take care of the most complex wounds," said Dr. Fallahzadeh.  "That will be our focus."

The Wound Care Center® also features a multi-disciplinary panel of physicians including Pamela Jensen-Stanley, DPM, podiatrist; Rachel Shelton, M.D., general surgeon; Tommy Shelton, M.D., general surgeon; David Flynn, M.D., family practice; and Jonathan Ruby, M.D., family practice.

Michael Citak, M.D., general and thoracic surgeon, as well as Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital chief medical officer is the Center's hospital liaison.

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital's new Center is affiliated with Diversified Clinical Services, the nation's pioneer and leader in wound management services. Diversified Clinical Services has opened more than 250 Wound Care Centers across the country over the last fifteen years, introducing treatment plans that incorporate innovative techniques that focus on not just treating the wound's symptoms, but healing the wound entirely by taking a disease management approach to eliminate the cause.

Treatments such as wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, prescriptive growth factors, bio-engineered skin grafting, edema management, and non-invasive vascular assessment are among the techniques utilized at the Center that have proven results in accelerating the healing of difficult wounds.

In addition, the Center has two state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers used to facilitate the healing process for patients suffering from persistent, traumatic wounds. Patients who utilize the chambers breathe 100 percent oxygen, delivering high concentrations of oxygen to their bloodstream to facilitate the body's healing processes and help fight infections.

Patients who need specialized wound care may be referred to the Center by their local physician.  Self-referrals are also accepted.  To find out more about the services of the Lake Cumberland Wound Care Center® and Hyperbaric Medicine, you may call 606-451-3820.