Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbarics

WoundCtr-HBO-sOur wound care specialists have undergone advanced training by nationally recognized wound care experts and our team of specialists is expert at using whatever therapy is deemed appropriate and at the leading edge of wound healing solutions.

Our partner, Healogics, has developed a Clinical Pathway which guides treatment protocols relying on evidence-based medicine, experience, dedicated research and review of best practice. The pathway is comprehensive, yet flexible, recognizing the individuality of each patient and physician. It reflects the most current diagnostic tests, technologies and treatments available today. With research and clinical trialling of new products and modalities exploding, Healogics is able to benefit from treating thousands of wound patients across the country, and then sharing valuable outcomes and information among its Wound Healing Center physicians and clinicians. The Clinical Pathway incorporates the biochemical and cellular levels of healing into its framework to promote effective results.

CWHHreachDesigned by clinicians who are experts in the field, the pathway reflects a practical approach to wound care, while at the same time offering progressive treatment options to physicians and patients. Wound outcomes can then be monitored and measured against thousands of other successful patient results.

The Catawba Valley Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbarics is a multi-disciplinary physician-driven program. Our physicians include surgeons, emergency physicians, and podiatrists. This approach provides our patients with a broad spectrum of medical expertise. Our entire medical staff has also attended and passed an extensive wound and hyperbaric oxygen certification program.

If you have any of the conditions listed below, we can help you.

• Diabetic foot ulcers
• Lower leg ulcers
• Pressure ulcers
• Bone infections (osteomyelitis)
• Gangrene
• Skin tears or lacerations
• Radiation burns
• Post-operative infected wounds
• Slow or non-healing surgical wounds
• Failing or compromised skin/muscle grafts or flaps
• Wounds over 30-days-old failing multiple treatments/therapies
• Indications for Wound Care Treatment
• Arterial disease
• Diabetic foot ulcers
• Edema
• Ischemia
• Malignancy
• Necrotic debris
• Osteomyelitis
• Pressure ulcers
• Radiation injury
• Soft tissue infection
• Venous disease
• Varicose Veins
• Venous Insufficiency

Adjunct Therapies

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric medicine (HBO), an adjunctive therapy used to enhance the healing of certain problem wounds, is available at Catawba Valley Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbarics. Delivery of this therapy involves a patient to breathe 100% oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. This therapy stimulates a number of physiological responses in the cells and tissues, promoting wound healing.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is prescribed by our trained physicians, and the costs are reimbursable through Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurers. The hyperbaric chambers used within our hospital wound center network are installed and managed by our team of trained technicians.

Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Dr. Ron Locke discusses treatment with a patient.

Dr. Ron Locke discusses treatment with a patient.

• Actinomycosis
• Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
• Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
• Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
• Compromised skin grafts and skin flaps
• Crush injuries/suture (reattachment) of severed limbs
• Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
• Gas gangrene
• Osteoradionecrosis
• Progressive necrotizing infections
• Soft tissue radiation injury

Bio-Engineered Skin Substitutes

Tissue of human origin or bio-engineered tissue used to support wound closure and serve as a replacement for skin and surgical grafting. A bio-engineered skin substitute closely resembles human skin in structure, function and handling, and may provide both epidermal and dermal components.

Growth Factor Therapy
Research has determined that proteins which occur naturally in the body are integral in stimulating cell growth and migration, necessary for wound healing. These growth factors (proteins) are manufactured through recombinant DNA technology and applied to the wound as a daily topical treatment, in combination with comprehensive wound management.

Negative Pressure Therapy

A non-invasive therapy that uses controlled localized negative pressure to stimulate the growth of healthy granulation tissue. This occurs through the removal of wound fluid, which helps to manage bacterial bioburden, and well as support a moist wound environment to enhance cell migration and epithelialization.

Medical Staff

Alan Keys, MD

Dr. Alan Keys – Medical Director

Dr. Christopher Griggs

Dr. Christopher Griggs

Dr. Ron Locke - General Surgeon

Dr. Ron Locke – General Surgeon

Brian Bechtol, PA-C

Brian Bechtol, PA-C

Julie Stecher

Julie Stecher

1501 Tate Medical Commons, Suite 105, Hickory, NC 28602
Phone: 828.485.0924, Fax: 828.485.5728
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm

Medical Services