OAKLAND — A Wound Care Center at Garrett County Memorial Hospital is scheduled to open this month. The center will be housed in the Community Services Building at the hospital and will bring a new outpatient service to the community.

Wound care centers specialize in the care of patients with chronic wounds. Typically, this includes people with diabetes, circulation disorders, lymphedema, obesity and problems with mobility. These conditions can contribute to the development of ulcers and wounds that fail to heal with conventional treatment. The centers also see patients with pressure ulcers or post-operative wounds that have failed to heal by normal interventions or patients who require follow-up care for burns or traumatic injuries.

The new center will be under the medical direction of Dr. Marjorie Fridkin, a local general surgeon. Fridkin is specially trained in wound care and sees many wound-care patients in her private practice and in the hospital.

“We are very excited about opening this new Wound Care Center,” said Kendra Thayer, registered nurse and director of wound care services at Garrett Memorial. “This is a much-needed service by the community. Patients needing this service will benefit from the most current treatment options available.”

The center will accept patients by self-referral as well as by one’s family physician. For more information, call the Wound Care Center staff at (301) 533-4270.

Members of the hospital’s Loar Auxiliary donated $65,000 to be used toward the renovations necessary to open the new center. A plaque recognizing the auxiliary’s generosity will be hung in the center, which is slated for opening in mid-April.

The auxiliary is a volunteer organization that manages the hospital gift shop with all proceeds being used to benefit the hospital.

For more information about the auxiliary, call (301) 533-4041.

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