Memorial Hospital Wound Center

Welcome to Memorial Hospital’s Comprehensive Wound Healing Center. We’re dedicated to healing wounds, preventing lower limb loss and optimizing outcomes for our patients.

If you or a loved one has a wound that is of concern or is not healing properly, we encourage you to visit the wound center for an evaluation.

A wound that is not healing properly may be complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous radiation treatment. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected. Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma or infection. Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.

Types of Wounds Treated

As a comprehensive wound healing center, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Non-healing, surgical wounds
  • Arterial/ischemic ulcers
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Infected wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Compromised flaps or grafts

Please contact Memorial Hospital at (785) 571-1070 to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one.

What is a Comprehensive Wound Healing Center?

The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Memorial Hospital provides care to those suffering from non-healing wounds in a way no other provider can – all in one location. A comprehensive Wound

Healing Center is a coordinated outpatient center that utilizes the latest techniques and procedures to provide the best chance of healing.

Wound Care Treatment Plans

Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.

Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound. A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance. Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:

  • Infection control
  • Restoration of blood flow
  • Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Offloading
  • Cellular and/or tissue-based products (skin substitutes)
  • Compression therapy
  • Foot reconstruction
  • Skin graft or flap

What Can Our Wound Care Patients Expect?

Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection. This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.

Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the wound healing center weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. Some things you can do to assist with your healing:

  • Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
  • Take medications as directed
  • Return for your follow-up appointments
  • Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment

Following your treatment is the single most important factor in your healing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (785) 571-1070 to learn more about our doctors or treatment plans. We’re happy to clarify anything you feel uncertain about regarding the wound care treatment process.

Meet Our Wound Healing Team

Non-healing wounds require a specialized approach to care for better outcomes. Critical to success is a committed multi-disciplinary team. At Memorial Hospital we have the expertise needed to create a treatment plan that’s right for you. Learn more about our team below.

 

Kristen Frieze, RN
Clinical Coordinator for Restorix Health

Kristen is a registered nurse who has been in the healthcare field since 2006. She started her career in healthcare as a certified nurse assistant and continued her schooling to become an LPN and then an RN. She realized early on in her career that she had a passion for wound care and the prevention – as well as treatment – of wounds. She has continued to seek out education and advancement opportunities in order to expand her knowledge and career. Kristen is deeply committed to providing quality, compassionate care and with such, has sat on many clinical practice committees, as well as acted as chairperson, to promote excellence in nursing by improving workflow, communication between providers and patient satisfaction to name a few.

Most recently, Kristen worked in an infectious disease outpatient clinic. Prior to that she worked as a registered nurse at a large acute care hospital in Wichita, Kansas working in several different roles in both wound care and the Hospitalist/Stroke unit. She has spent most of her time as a wound care nurse in both the outpatient and inpatient setting acquiring many skills. Kristen is currently a member of the Mid-America Wound Healing Society and a philanthropic sorority called Epsilon Sigma Alpha which she has been involved with since she was a young girl. Kristen is excited for this new adventure and to share her passion for wound care with the Abilene community.

Phone number: (785) 571-1070

 

 

William Short, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hospital

Dr. William Short will be overseeing the Wound Center. Dr. Short is Memorial Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, and a family medicine physician at Heartland Health Care Clinic. He has been a family medicine physician in Abilene since 2000, and has been the medical director of Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County for the past seven years.

Dr. Short received his Doctor of Medicine in 1997 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and as the Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Short is a member of the Dickinson County Medical Society, Kansas Medical Society, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Short and Kristen Frieze, RN, Clinical Coordinator for Restorix Health, will work to heal your patients’ wounds and ensure the best opportunity to heal.

Contact Us

Memorial Hospital Wound Care
511 NE 10th St.
Abilene, KS 67410

For more information regarding Memorial Hospital Wound Care,
please call (785) 571-1070.