Logan Regional Medical Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new wound care center May 16.
The new facility will be designated to the treatment of many different types of wounds, with a specialist taking care to prevent infection and further complications from the wound.
Dr. James Paugh will be the medical director at the center.
“This is something that’s certainly been warranted and a long-time coming,” Paugh said. “We’re very excited about the opportunity to provide protocol driven care for a variety of wounds, whether it be surgical wounds, diabetic wounds, or arterial and venous wounds.”
Paugh says the new facility is important to the area, because patients will have a top-care facility in a convenient, local location.
“One of the biggest problems that our patients face is travel,” Paugh said. “You know, geographically here in Logan County with the mountains and the distance that you’re having to travel now to Charleston or Huntington or Pikeville, to have the wound care center here locally will be just instrumental in taking care of these wounds.”
Logan Regional Medical Center CEO Kevin Zachary says this facility isn’t for every day scrapes and bruises, but is definitely the place to come if a wound is cause for concern.
“People don’t think of it, but a wound, what starts on the surface has systemic properties can into your body and cause infection, it’s called sepsis, body-wide,” Zachary said. “A general rule is, if you have a scratch or a little cut and you use Neosporin and a bandage, and it’s getting better, in a quick time-frame, it’s probably okay. On the other hand, you put those same things on and it’s not getting better, and it gets to the point that you’re questioning if it’s taking too long, then it’s time to go see your doctor.”
The wound care center is expected to be open in July.