Published on March 05, 2014

Third wound care center for St. Vincent's in Clay County

Colleen Michele Jones, Reporter- Jacksonville Business Journal

St. Vincent’s HealthCare recently opened a Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center at its Clay County facility, bringing the number of wound care service clinics within the Jacksonville-based health network to three.

The centers specialize in the treatment of chronic wounds, an increasing trend both nationally and regionally due to an aging population and the higher incidence of obesity and diabetes, all of which can affect blood flow and healing.

The new wound care center, housing two hyperbaric oxygen treatment centers, is located on the first floor of the medical office building adjacent to St. Vincent’s Medical Center Clay County, which opened its doors last October. The other two locations are at the St. Vincent’s Southside and Riverside facilities.

According to Rob Fischer, director of St. Vincent’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Program, the Riverside clinic, which launched in 2011, sees about 5,500 patients for wound care and 3,400 patients for hyperbaric oxygen treatment annually. There is no data yet for the Southside location, which opened in December. All three clinics use the same equipment, technology and treatment methods.

“There’s a huge need for this care; it’s been an underserved market for years,” Fischer told the Business Journal. “So our expectations for [patient] volume are significant."

Read the article in the Jacksonville Business Journal.