New Safety Protocol

  • All bags/belongings entering the Emergency Department will be searched.  It is suggested that patients only bring necessary items (e.g. Keys, ID, Phones)
  • All Patients entering the Emergency Departments will be Screened via a security wand
  • Patients entering the ED Treatment area will be provided a gown
  • Visitation Update - One visitor per patient (children may have both parents).  Visitors will be subject to wanding and are asked not to bring any belongings into the ED with them.  If they choose to bring in bags they will be subject to a search.
  • At this time, all protocols are not currently in effect at Athol Hospital. Full implementation is planned to begin in the coming days.

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Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

Contact the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

For more information about the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, please call Carol Niemi, Program Director.

Wound Center Update Regarding COVID-19

We continue to treat both existing and new patients. Patients do not need a referral to come to the Wound Center, you can call us directly.

At any given time, almost seven million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. Some are associated with complications from diabetes and other related vascular disorders. Other types include pressure sores and traumatic wounds. The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Heywood Hospital uses the most up-to-date approaches to wound healing and remains current in new scientific advances in wound care. The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is a hospital-based outpatient service.

Who Needs Wound Care?

There are a variety of circumstances in which a person may need wound care. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Wounds caused by circulatory problems (e.g. arterial ulcers)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous stasis ulcers (as a result of improper functioning of valves in the veins usually of the legs)
  • Pressure sores (e.g. bed sores)
  • Burns
  • Non-healing surgical wounds
  • Post -radiation wounds

Insurance Coverage

Most often Medicare and Medicaid reimburse for approved procedures. Many health plans cover Center for Wound Care treatment. We will call to obtain insurance coverage before we begin treatment as coverage depends on a patient's specific plan. Patients are asked to bring their insurance cards with you when visiting the center.