January 18, 2011
In early 2010, Catholic Health introduced its first Advanced Wound Healing Center at Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga. On track to more than double projected new patient volume, Catholic Health opened a second Advanced Wound Healing Center on January 11 at the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center (MACC), located at 3669 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park.
“Catholic Health is to the only provider with two comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric medicine centers in the Buffalo area to better treat patients from throughout the region,” said Lee Ruotsi, MD, medical director of the program. “By expanding to Orchard Park, we will be able to serve more patients from throughout the Southtowns and Southern Tier with greater comfort and convenience.”
Joining Dr. Ruotsi is William J. Lagaly, DO, who serves as medical director of the Orchard Park location. Board certified in Family Medicine, as well as Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Lagaly comes to Catholic Health from Little Rock, Arkansas, where he served as medical director of a number of hyperbaric medicine and wound care centers. “We are very fortunate to have someone with Dr. Lagaly’s training and experience join our program,” Dr. Ruotsi continued. “His expertise in wound care and hyperbaric medicine will allow us to expand services at the MACC site.”
Catholic Health’s Advanced Wound Healing Centers focus on the evaluation and treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds though various treatment methods, including the latest single-patient hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. While most wounds heal quickly on their own, problematic wounds take much longer to heal, often causing severe pain, medical complications, extended hospitals stays and deteriorating health.
“The volume and complexity of cases we have seen underscores the growing need for wound care services in Western New York,” Dr. Ruotsi added. “With a location in Orchard Park, we will be able to expand our geographic reach, giving more patients access to this specialized care.”
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