Wound Care

UM UCH Center for Wound Care and Ostomy Clinic at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital
501 South Union Avenue
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
443-843-6600
Medical Director
Sherif Osman, M.D., CWS, FAPWCA
Dr. Osman started the first Wound Clinic in Harford County. He is a Certified Wound Specialist, a fellow of the American Wound Care Association, a member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and board certified in Internal Medicine.

Surgical Director
Mark Gonze, M.D., FACS

The University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) Center for Wound Care at University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital (UM HMH) is committed to improving an individual's quality of life by diagnosing and treating problem wounds, utilizing advanced wound care technologies.

Most major insurance companies provide coverage for The Center for Wound Care services.

Services

  • Advanced wound care provided by physician experts in the fields of wound care, vascular surgery, general surgery and podiatry; general surgery, and podiatry;
  • Vascular assessment through the hospital’s vascular ultrasound department;
  • Infection assessment and intervention;
  • Topical growth factor therapy and bioengineered skin substitutes;
  • Debridements, biopsies, and incision and drainage;
  • Ancillary support from the departments of Nuclear Medicine, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Services, Nutrition and Home Health care services;
  • Case management and Dietician support utilizing a disease management approach;
  • Patient and family education and support
  • Compression therapy.
  • While the Center for Wound Care focuses on delivering comprehensive and advanced wound care, the comfort and needs of our patients are (always) also the primary focus of our team

Ostomy Clinic and Support Group

The Ostomy Clinic at the Center for Wound Care offers individuals requiring ostomies access to long-term care provided by a Certified Ostomy Nurse Specialist. Located at UM HMH, the Ostomy Clinic provides a full- range of services to individuals with an ostomy (colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy). The Clinic team assesses and treats skin problems, complications and appliance issues, and provides post- teaching and routine care.

Ostomy Support Group

The UM UCH Ostomy Support Group offers education, tips, support and an opportunity for individuals who have an iliosostomy, colostomy or urostomy to meet fellow ostomates. The group is held monthly on Sundays from 2 to 3 pm in the Center for Wound and Ostomy Care at UM HMH (second floor). The 2011 meeting dates are as follows: 4/10, 5/1, 6/12, 9/18, 10/16 and 11/20. To register, please contact the Center for Wound Care at 443-843-6600.

Types of Conditions Treated

Wound care management can benefit individuals with the following conditions:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers;
  • Chronic venous ulcers;
  • Arterial ulcers;
  • Pressure ulcers;
  • Chronic osteomyelitis with open wounds;
  • Radiation-related tissue damage with open wounds;
  • Rehabilitation Services, Nutrition, and Home Health care services;
  • Wound of unknown cause.

These types of wounds typically occur in individuals who suffer from diabetes, congestive heart failure, stroke, vascular disease, cancer, venous thrombosis, trauma, obesity, peripheral vascular disease or surgical or spinal cord injury complications.

The First Step to Healing

The UM UCH Center for Wound Care at UM HMH has a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals working together to ensure individuals receive comprehensive treatment and wound care management personalized to their individual needs.

There are reasons why a wound won’t heal. The Center’s physician specialists and nurses collaborate with the individual's primary care physician to evaluate the wound, address underlying medical conditions, and review the patient’s history to identify the cause. After a diagnosis has been made, treatment options are discussed and the process begins to closely monitor the wound and adjust the course of treatment as needed to improve results.

Advanced Technologies in a Healing Environment

If you are one of the 5 million Americans living with chronic, non-healing wounds, the UM UCH Center for Wound Care offers scientifically proven treatment protocols, and advanced wound care technologies. While the Center for Wound Care focuses on delivering comprehensive and advanced wound care, the comfort and needs of our patients are always the primary focus of our team. The team will assist with the scheduling of tests and studies; many of which can be done the same day as the visit. Physician referrals are required for treatment at the Center.

Patient/Family education and support are also vital to wound healing and our team of specialists provides both with each visit. When a patient’s plan of care is complete, a comprehensive report will be sent to the referring physician.

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