Please contact Jolene Johnson, MSN-RN, Program Director at: 814-723-7024 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Clinic.
Welcome to Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Warren General Hospital. We’re dedicated to healing wounds, preventing lower limb loss and optimizing outcomes for our patients.
If you or a loved one has a wound that is of concern or is not healing properly, we encourage you to visit the wound center for an evaluation.
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 affected. 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.
As a comprehensive wound healing center, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:
Our wound healing center is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, along with nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care, who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.
Comprised of general physicians, vascular and plastic surgeons, podiatrists and infectious disease physicians, 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.
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:
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday (Closed: Saturday & Sunday)
Telephone: (814) 723-7024
Clinic Location: Crescent Park, Entrance "B", first-floor,
follow the overhead and wall signage.
Meet the Wound Care Team
Jolene Johnson, MSN, RN - Program Director
Heather Keller, LPN - Wound Nurse, Safety Director
Cheri Swab, LPN - Hyperbaric Technician, Wound Nurse
Beth McAllister - Front Desk Coordinator
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. Some things you can do to assist with your healing:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This “hyperbaric” (or high pressure) dose of oxygen helps your blood carry more oxygen to your organs and tissues to promote wound healing. It also activates the white blood cells to fight infection.
Patients typically receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy five days a week for approximately four to six weeks. One treatment takes about two hours and is quite comfortable for most patients.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used as part of the treatment for certain conditions, including the following:
An Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Warren General Hospital staff member will tell you how many treatments you will need. During your treatment, you may watch television, a movie or take a nap.
You will be given a hospital gown t turn off o wear in the chamber. No cosmetics, perfumes, hair preparations, deodorants, wigs, jewelry or electronic devices are allowed in the chamber. Most pacemakers are allowed in the chamber. The hyperbaric technologist will need to know if you are taking any medications, including non-prescription drugs. You are advised not to drink alcohol or carbonated beverages for four hours prior to treatment.
Smoking and the use of tobacco products interfere with the body’s ability to transport oxygen. Therefore, your doctor will work with you on techniques to help stop smoking during the treatment period.
Following your treatment plan is the single most important factor in your healing.
Philip S. Vuocolo, MD
Specialty: General Surgery
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical Center
Resident: SUNY Health Science Center
Certification: American Board of Surgery
Valerie R. Dunn, MD, FACS
Specialty: General Surgery
Education: State University of New York Health Science Center
Resident: Howard University Hospital. Washington, DC
Certificates: ACLS, ATLS
Awards: Father George Norton Award - 2015. This is an annual award by nursing staff awarded to a physician who exemplifies the kind spirit of Father George Norton, a priest who ministered to patients at Rochester General Hospital for many years.
Mason Tootell, MD
Family Medicine & Addiction Medicine
Case Western Reserve, College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
American Board of Family Medicine
Latroy Navaroli, DNP, CRNP, CWS
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Robert Morris University
Family Medicine, Wound Care
Lisa Philhower, PA-C
Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants