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Doctors join Wound Healing Center

New Richmond Medical Clinic physicians, Family Practice Allen Medini, M.D. and Surgeon Michael Melby, M.D., recently joined the panel of doctors at the Wound Healing Center, a division of Amery Regional Medical Center.

Since the Wound Healing Center's opening in June, it has experienced unprecedented growth due to the overwhelming demand for this specialized service. In order to maintain the level of care expected, the Center needed to add more physicians and Dr. Medini and Dr. Melby decided to join their team of professionals.

The Wound Healing Center offers a comprehensive program that includes state-of-the-art treatment for non-healing wounds -- a wound that hasn't healed within 30 to 60 days. Wounds won't heal due to a variety of factors such as age, diet, circulatory problems, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease and smoking.

Non-healing wounds require an individualized course of action to promote healing. Specialized treatments at the Wound Healing Center, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound debridement, are technical and require highly skilled professionals who have been educated in these areas.

Medini and Melby completed specialized training at the National Healing Institute, located at Ohio State University, in order to learn the unique combination of advanced treatment options used at the Wound Healing Center. Since the Center provides a multi-disciplinary wound care therapy program, all physicians on the panel attended this specialized training.

Other members on the panel include: Medical Director Dr. Anders Ulland; ARMC's Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Quenan; Family Practice Physician Dr. Craig Johnson; and Podiatrist Dr. Lynnelle Gabriel. Together, these physicians along with nurses and therapists provide individualized care for people with wounds that have resisted healing.

"Wounds that fail to heal, and at their worst lead to amputation, are hidden epidemics that affect millions of people in this country," said Michael Karuschak, CEO of Amery Regional Medical Center. "These wounds primarily affect the elderly and the need for wound care will only increase as our population ages. In the next 30 years, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. Nothing speaks more to quality of life than knowing you and your family have immediate access to the best medical care available right in your own neighborhood."