Philadelphia, PA – The City of Brotherly Love is no stranger to world-class medical
institutions. The regional population of 6 million people have numerous
choices when it comes to seeking healthcare services. However, when it
comes to those who require care of chronic wounds, the options are not
as abundant. As wound care clinicians well know, patients benefit from
access to community-based facilities for specialized wound care, especially
in a city known for its many neighborhoods and distinct local characteristics
and personalities. For residents of Roxborough, an area in the northwest
section of the city founded more than three centuries ago,1 the Comprehensive
Wound Healing Center at Roxborough Memorial Hospital bridges that gap
between local and quality care.
“It’s very important for patients to have access to wound care
services in their community hospital because of travel,” said Marie
Marvel, RN, BS, WCC, director of wound care at the Roxborough clinic.
“A lot of [patients] have difficultly ambulating, difficultly with
transportation, and just difficultly with fitting it into their schedules.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a daily treatment, so for someone to fit
that in a couple hours each day and carve it out into their schedule five
days a week is significant.” Along with Catherine E. Cahill, DO,
physician medical director, and a team of nurses, Marvel helps care for
wound care patients who live in the neighborhood known for its hilly terrain
and high elevation along the Schuylkill River, as well as those living
in parts of eastern Montgomery County.
“I think the distinction between a community hospital versus a tertiary
care center is important,” said Cahill. “Certainly, in Philadelphia
we see several tertiary care centers that serve not only locally but nationally
and, in some cases, globally, whereas our community hospital serves the
local areas around us. That’s something we’re really proud
of, because we’re able to offer top-notch care to our local community
and that our patients don’t have to travel to get that.”
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