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New wound care facility to open in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - St. Joseph's hospital in Chippewa Falls is hoping to wrap up a growing problem in Eau Claire.

"With the chronic diabetes, chronic hypertension, chronic disease state that our retirees have now in this day and age, the chronic wound population is just exploding," said John Stone, Program Director for St. Joseph's Hospital Center for Wound Care.

The hospital is opening a new wound care facility Monday on Heights Drive off Clairemont Avenue.

"Any wound, any laceration, anything that's on your skin that shouldn't be there. Ulcers, pressure sores, burns, laceration follow ups, incisions from surgeries that have had complications," explained Center for Wound Care Medical Director Dr. Brain Pauley.

"Our current health care system is just not designed for people with wounds. The average physician has 15 minutes to spend with their patients. And that's door to door. They see 30 patients a day," Stone said.

At the clinic, they'll use treatment rooms to help heal the underlying problem.

"Rather than patching it up with a Band-Aid and letting it heal, there's an underlying core cause as to why that ulcer, that lesion is there. That needs to be discovered and treated before the actual wound will heal," said Pauley.

"Good chronic wound care is incredibly labor intensive. It takes a team of a physician and a nurse, and sometimes a full panel of doctors," said Stone.

The hope is that with a new clinic, more people will have to spend less time healing up on their own.

"Things such as infections can lead to amputations of feet, of legs. Bed sores can be debilitating. Associations of odor and pain can just take a people's lives away from them. Being able to heal that wound, heal that ulcer is a blessing. It gives a person their life back," Pauley said.

Three new jobs were created and have been filled in order to staff the clinic. Tomorrow is the official opening of the new location, and it will be fully staffed and ready for patients on Tuesday. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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