Wound and Ostomy Center

The CHI Health St. Francis Wound/Ostomy Healing Center offers outpatient comprehensive wound treatment through a skilled team of experts to help people return to a healthy lifestyle as quickly and painlessly as possible.  Treatment for acute and chronic wounds, and ostomy and continence care services are available. Our person-centered care helps patients to improve their quality of life by addressing pain control and drainage issues. The Wound/Ostomy Center can help with:

  • Ulcers due to pressure, diabetes, neuropathy, or ischemia
  • Surgical wounds
  • Vasculitis
  • Minor burns
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis (radiation burns)
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Lower extremity ulcerations
  • Problematic fistulas or drain tubes
  • Ostomy care
  • Incontinence skin care

Wound and Ostomy treatment therapies may include:

  • Negative pressure
  • Topical antimicrobial therapy
  • Compression therapy
  • Sharp, mechanical, chemical, and autolytic debridement

Our Care Team

Suellen Bruguera, APRN

Wound Care

Lacey Heikes, APRN

Wound Care

Our care team includes nurse practitioners and a registered nurse, certified in wound, ostomy, and continence. We are able to consult with a variety of other experts when needed, including:

  • General and orthopedic surgeons
  • Podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Diabetes educators
  • Social services
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthotists

Our staff follows treatment guidelines from the Wound Ostomy Continence Society. Individualized care recommendations are made based on established research and cost-effective treatment. We emphasize patient and family education on preventive measures and disease management to optimize healing. We work closely with general surgeons on the St. Francis medical staff.

Individual Wound Healing Programs

Following an initial consultation, our care team will develop a treatment program based on your specific needs. This program will include regular visits to our clinic to provide treatment, evaluate progress, and make any needed changes. We provide you or your caregiver with detailed instructions regarding home care, nutrition, dressing changes, and protection of the wound from further injury.

Communication with Referring Physicians

The Wound/Ostomy Center staff will share its findings with your referring physician regarding your treatment and progress. You will continue to follow up with your primary care physician for routine medical care.