Wound Clinic

About The Advanced Wound Healing Clinic At Holton Community Hospital

 

Our award winning team provides care to people suffering from non-healing wounds in a way no other provider can–all in one location. The Advanced Wound Healing Clinic is a coordinated outpatient center that utilizes the latest techniques and procedures to provide the best chance of healing.

A wound that is not healing properly may be complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems, or previous radiation treatment. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is compromised. Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma or infection. Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.  

The Wound Healing Clinic Treats:

• Diabetic foot ulcers
• Venous ulcers
• Pressure ulcers
• Non-healing surgical wounds
• Arterial/ischemic ulcers
• Traumatic wounds
• Infected wounds
• Crush injuries
• Compromised flaps or grafts
• Late effects of radiation (i.e., radiation cystitis, proctitis or external wound)

Please contact Holton Community Hospital at (785) 328-4111 to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one.

Wound Care Treatment Plans

Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates. Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound. A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance. Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:

• Infection control
• Restoration of blood flow
• Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
• Offloading
• Cellular and/or tissue-based products (skin substitutes)
• Compression therapy
• Foot reconstruction
• Skin graft or flap 

What Can Patients Expect?

Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection. This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.

Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the wound healing center weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.

How You Can Assist With Your Healing:
Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
Take medications as directed
Return for your follow-up appointments
Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment

Following your treatment regimen is the single most important factor in your healing. 

Our Multidisciplinary Wound Care Specialists

Our wound healing center is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care, who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.  Our team is dedicated to providing the most advanced healing options to patients, allowing them to recover as quickly and completely as possible.

As wound healing specialists, our clinicians have a proven track record of healing wounds – even those that have not responded to other treatments.

Meet The Wound Healing Team Lead

Ashley Reinecke, APRN
Ashley first joined the staff at Holton Family Medicine in September 2014 after earning her Master of Science Degree from Washburn University. She now works at our Wetmore Family Medicine.

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Washburn University. She is certified in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Advanced Trauma Life Support.

In her spare time she enjoys photography, painting, scrapbooking, sewing and spending time with family and friends. Her pride and joy are her children. She says not a day goes by without laughter!

Patient Champion - Dennis Degand

Dennis Degand suffered from diabetic ulcers for the better part of 8 years. He knew it was serious several years ago when the wounds would not heal. In December 2021, Dennis was referred to Holton Community Hospital Advanced Wound Healing when an incision from the amputation of his last three toes reopened. This marked the beginning of his journey to healing and getting his life back.

For Dennis, the road was long. He started on antibiotics to clear the resulting infection. He had surgery to open arteries in his leg to allow better blood flow and had numerous skin substitutes placed to help new tissue grow. “I haven’t worked or driven in a year,” Dennis explains. He even put his beloved hobby—fishing—on hold. “I didn’t want to get my dressings wet and make everything worse.” Most people would feel hopeless at the loss of their toes and having to start over again to heal another wound, but not Dennis. “I don’t feel hopeless,” he noted. “I try to stay positive. I have had over 10 surgeries, and I know this will heal.”

Dennis feels his journey would be much harder without the supportive, caring team at Holton Community Hospital Advanced Wound Healing. “Everyone was so caring and friendly to me. They educated me on what they were doing to help me and why,” says Dennis. “And it worked. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!”

Dennis was very pleased with how the wound center has helped, and he tells many of his peers that he is more than happy with the wound care team and outpatient department. “They are a great bunch of people who always call you by name, and that means something,” he adds. Dennis says he is most excited to get back to driving, hunting, fishing and just being outside again.

“They educated me on what they were doing to help me and why.”