Wound care center offers convenient new option
PALM HARBOR - Patients in northern Pinellas and southeastern Pasco counties seeking chronic wound care have a new, more convenient treatment location. The Mease Countryside Wound Care Center at East Lake Outpatient Center officially began taking appointments late last year. It should be attractive to patients because of its specialized focus, said physician Charles Boothby, the center's medical director. "Patients receiving treatment for chronic wounds usually have multiple appointments, so finding quality care in a convenient location can be significant to their recovery," Boothby said in a news release. "Whether a wound requires specialized therapeutic treatments or hyperbaric oxygen therapy, our medical team has the ability to provide individualized medical care using advanced technology." Boothby added: "Primary care physicians certainly do a wonderful job, but we all have our areas of expertise. We have a more systematic approach because this is what we focus on 24-7."The new wound center serves the needs of all sorts of patients, Boothby said. "We take care of everything, from older folks with skin tears, people with postoperative surgical wounds that aren't healing or diabetics that have lower extremity wounds that are not healing with routine therapy." Wounds that require specialized treatment vary, ranging from those described by Boothby to arterial, diabetic and venous stasis ulcers and pressure wounds. Having a wound care center in northern Pinellas near the campus of Mease Countryside Hospital expands the reach of coverage for Morton Plant Mease Health Care patients. Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater has offered wound care treatment at its facility for more than a decade. "Now we have an alternative for those folks in the northern area where it's a lot closer and more convenient for them," Boothby said of the new location. Mease Countryside Wound Care Center is located at 3890 Tampa Road, Suite 201, in Palm Harbor, just west of McMullen-Booth Road. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information about the center, call (727) 953-6877 or log on to www.MPMHealth.com/WoundHealing.