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The Wound Care Center at GBMC

Offering the latest advancements and modalities in wound healing

The GBMC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is one of the oldest comprehensive wound care centers in the country. It has been providing high quality care to its patients for more than 20 years. The Center houses six monoplace hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) chambers, making it one of the largest monoplace HBOT facility in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. The Center is designed to treat patients requiring either wound care, HBOT, or both. The Center has received numerous awards for excellence in wound healing.

With a multidisciplinary approach, experts in vascular, general, plastic, and podiatric surgery as well as lymphedema, internal medicine, and hyperbaric medicine, collaborate to determine the best treatment options for each patient. The Center's team consists of a large panel of board-certified physicians specially trained in advanced wound care treatments and therapies and an experienced staff of wound care nurse case managers who ensure consistency in each individual's treatment plan. Although the Center's primary focus is outpatient treatment, inpatient wound care and hyperbaric needs may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. The expert staff utilizes clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based medicine to provide the best practice treatments in wound care and HBOT.

Our Team

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Jennifer Heller, MD, FACS

Jennifer A. Heller, MD, FACS

Medical Director, GBMC Wound Care Center

Dr. Heller has joined GBMC HealthCare as Director of the Vein Center at GBMC and Medical Director of the GBMC Wound Care Center. She previously served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and as Director of the Johns Hopkins Vein Centers. A graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., Dr. Heller completed her surgical residency, including a year as Administrative Chief Resident, at Boston University Medical Center. She completed her Vascular Surgery fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The health care team consists of highly trained specialists in the fields of vascular surgery, plastic surgery, general surgery, podiatry, and internal medicine allowing for a more comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach. Each physician has been specialty-trained in wound management.

Our Services

Wound Care Center staff will develop a treatment program based on the patient's individual needs. This program will include regular visits to the Wound Care Center to provide treatment, evaluate progress and make any changes needed to improve the healing process. The Center utilizes the newest clinical tools in wound healing along with traditional clinical practices including:
  • Wound dressings
  • Debridement
  • Compression therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Prescriptive growth factors
  • Bio-engineered skin grafting
  • Edema management
  • Non-invasive vascular assessment
Patient care will focus on a whole body approach to wound healing including:
  • Nutritional assessment and counseling
  • Diabetic education
  • Patient and caregiver counseling
  • Pain management
  • Special needs for pressure relief including beds, seat cushions and footwear.
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New Patient Information

When you come in, you will meet with our staff for a consultation, including an examination and medical history evaluation. Your physician along with our wound care team will establish a treatment plan. Information regarding your progress will be submitted to your physician on an ongoing basis. Depending on your situation, you may require additional non-invasive tests that provide information about blood flow in the wound area.

What you need to bring for your appointment:
  • Any medical records regarding your current wound or related condition (lab tests, vascular studies, x-rays, or wound cultures)
  • All medications you are currently taking in their original containers, including aspirin, vitamins, and herbal supplements
  • A list of all medication or food allergies
  • If you require oxygen, please bring an adequate supply
  • Bring insurance cards and forms
  • If you have diabetes, bring a snack and your medication
  • Name, address and telephone number of the physician(s) you currently see
  • A legal guardian MUST accompany patients who are unable to comprehend or sign appropriate forms
  • If you have an Advanced Directive, please bring a copy with you
  • Reading material. Your first visit will last 1 ½ to 2 hours
Once you arrive:

One our our RN/Case Managers will introduce herself, review your prior medical history, photograph and measure your wound and provide you with additional information regarding the remainder of your visit. A physician specialty-trained in wound management will develop a plan of care with you to ensure maximum healing of your wound.

Latest News

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, the average person takes 10,000 steps each day which adds up to more than three million steps per year. April serves as Foot Health Awareness Month, and is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of foot health. People with diabetes should be especially concerned with the health of their feet. An estimated 29.1 million people (9.3 percent of the population) have diabetes, and nearly 28 percent are undiagnosed. Diabetes can affect the nerves which can cause nerve damage. When this happens, the nerves no longer perceive pain due to numbness and therefore do not alert a person to potential injury.

For people living with diabetes, a poor defense against infection and damage to blood circulation can complicate problems with the feet causing them to become more vulnerable to injury. In 2010, about 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed on adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes. This accounts for 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations. People with an amputation have a 50 percent mortality rate within five years. Diabetes related amputations may result from chronic wounds caused by diabetes, especially diabetic foot ulcers. It is estimated that 25 percent of all diabetics will develop a diabetic foot ulcer.

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