Natchitoches Comprehensive Wound Care Services

NRMC's Comprehensive Wound Care Center opened in April 2015 as part of a $3 million renovation and expansion project. The Center 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 Diabetes, inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to a lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.

That's where Natchiotches Regional Medical Center's Comprehensive Wound Care Center can help. With the 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.
With two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and a well-trained team, the state-of-the-art center offers an effective means to promote healing, thereby helping to restore healthy tissue and skin. 

Who May Benefit From Specialized Care? Anyone who has a wound that has not begun to heal in two weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks. Some of the indications for wound therapy include:

Diabetic ulcers
Neuropathic ulcers
Ischemic ulcers
Venous insufficiency
Radiation burns
Radiation cystitis
Failing flaps or grafts
Surgical wounds
Peristomal skin irritations
Pressure ulcers
Other chronic, non-healing wounds

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

Through a partnership with Healogics, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is able to offer a new and comprehensive center offering specialized wound care. Healogics is the world's largest wound care management company with over 500 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds.

Healogics has been the leader in wound care for over 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 92% healing rate within 30 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction.

Wound Care Team:

NRMC's Comprehensive Wound Center has physicians with advanced training in wound care management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. These physicians work closely with patients' primary care physicians. The team also includes highly trained nurses who are experienced in caring for patients with problem wounds.

Dr. Ezinne Akamiro, Internal Medicine
Dr. Martin Aviles, OB/GYN
Dr. Steven Kautz, Orthopedics
Dr. Kathleen Kautz, Internal Medicine
Dr. William Luster, Family Practice
Dr. Anil Matta, Family Practice
Dr. Moshood Olatinwo, OB/GYN
Dr. Bryan Picou, Family Practice
Dr. Marguerite Picou, Family Practice
Dr. Marcus Stokes, Emergency Medicine
Dr. William Zeichner, General Surgery

Wound Center Staff:

Frank Aviles, Wound Care Service Line Director
Jamie Fontana, Program Director
Kelly Browning, Clinical Manager
Kathy Friday, Case Manager
Robin Chelette, HBO Safety Director
Jamie Shirley, Office Coordinator

Clinic Hours and Locations:

Hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.

Conveniently located within the hospital. Patients can park in the new lot on Keyser Drive and access the Center through the new Keyser Avenue entrance.  Services are also available for inpatients of NRMC, but services are most commonly offered on an outpatient basis.

For More Information:

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of wound care, please call NRMC's Comprehensive Wound Care Center at 318.214.4822.

Phone: 318-214-4822
Fax: 318-214-4823