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Shore Wound Care Opens Its Doors

Feb 03, 2012 07:08PM ● By Anonymous
Area residents suffering from chronic or non-healing wounds will now have advanced treatments available at Shore Wound Care, a Shore Health System outpatient care facility opening January 30, 2012 on Dutchman’s Lane in Easton.

The Shore Wound Care team is led by wound care specialist, Thomas Lubeski, DO, FACOS. He is joined by Dot Mayorga, RN, Case Manager, and Cheryl Ruff, Practice Administrator. Surgeons from Shore Surgical Care are also available for consultation to allow for a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach.

Most health plans, including Medicare, cover Shore Wound Care treatment.

“There is a tremendous need for wound care treatment resulting from diabetes, surgery, severe skin irritations, burns, traumatic accidents, and for people with impaired blood flow” says Dr. Lubeski. “If you have a sore or wound that has not improved significantly in two weeks or healed entirely in six weeks, you should ask your doctor about Shore Wound Care or call us directly.”

Dr. Lubeski is an experienced clinician and wound care specialist with 21 years as a healthcare provider. Prior to joining Shore Wound Care, he was medical director of the Atlantic General Hospital Wound Care Center in Berlin, Maryland. Dr. Lubeski is board certified in General Surgery. A graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Lubeski was conferred title of Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

According to Dr. Lubeski, Shore Wound Care patients will receive a comprehensive assessment and individualized plan of care to ensure maximum healing. This plan will include regular visits to provide treatment, evaluate progress and make changes as needed to improve the healing process. The initial patient visit begins with a review of prior medical history, photos and measurement of the wound, and an examination to determine the best course of treatment. Non-invasive tests may also be required to provide information about blood flow in the wound area.

“In addition to the care patients receive at the center, they or their caregivers will be provided education and detailed instructions on home care, dressing changes, and how to protect the wound to support healing and prevent further injury or recurrence,” adds Dr. Lubeski. “Patient progress, in the form of care plans, photos, and phone calls will also be submitted to the patient’s primary care physician and other referring physicians on an ongoing basis.”

Shore Wound Care uses the newest clinical tools in wound healing along with proven clinical practices that include wound dressings, debridement (the removal of unhealthy tissue), compression therapy, edema (swelling) management, skin grafting, and addressing special needs for relief such as beds, seat cushions and footwear. With a focus on the whole person, the plan of care may also include a nutritional assessment, diabetes education, patient counseling, and pain management.

“There are often small steps that patients need to take that will have an impact on wound healing, such as increasing protein or reducing salt in the diet,” says Mayorga. “Because we are part of Shore Health System, we’re also able to offer patients access to many related services they may need, such as diabetes care, vascular and plastic surgery, dietary counseling and home care.”

Shore Wound Care is a newly-remodeled, single-story facility on Dutchman’s Lane with four private exam rooms equipped with lift chairs for patient convenience and comfort. Selected and designed to make access as seamless as possible for patients, the center has convenient parking and two entrances. The rear entrance is custom-built to accommodate patients in wheelchairs or who arrive by ambulance.

Shore Wound Care is located at 505-A Dutchman’s Lane in Easton, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 410-820-6500, or visit www.shorehealth.org.

Shore Wound Care is a member of Shore Clinical Foundation, a Shore Health System affiliate that provides medical management services for employed physician practices. Shore Clinical Foundation physicians provide primary and specialty care to people of all ages in the Mid-Shore region.