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St. Vincent Wound Healing Center Hosts 5th Annual Wound Conference


Billings, MT - Millions of patients throughout the United States suffer from chronic wounds associated with diabetes, vascular disease, infection, obesity, and other health concerns. That number continues to increase, giving rise to the need for expanded training of wound care specialists.

“The patients we see live with wounds that impact their day-to-day lives,” explains Dr. Gary Ostahowski, from St. Vincent Healthcare’s Wound Healing Center. “They are painful and, if not properly managed, can even become life-threatening. The opportunity to come together to discuss what’s happening now in wound care—and what to expect in the future—is critical in terms of our being able to deliver the best treatments available.”

St. Vincent Healthcare physicians and clinicians recently gathered for the Fifth Annual Wound Care Conference to discuss the latest advancements in wound care. They were also joined by Dr. Laura Shin, who has gained attention for her groundbreaking research in cellular biology to treat non-healing ulcerations.

“Dr. Shin’s work is compelling,” says Dr. Timothy Dernbach, Medical Director of the St. Vincent Healthcare Wound Healing Center. “We look forward to applying our learnings from Dr. Shin and other conference speakers to provide the best quality care for our patients.”

The St. Vincent Healthcare Wound Healing Center is a member of the Healogics network of more than 800 Wound Care Centers®, giving them access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. St. Vincent Healthcare Wound Healing Center has been recognized as a Center of Clinical Excellence from Healogics in 2016, 2017, and 2018. This recognition is only offered to the top ten percent on Healogic centers. Advanced treatments included negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 180 physician clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net services in Colorado and the Montana Wyoming region.