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Published on April 04, 2014

NextStep wound, infusion, vascular studies opens at Wachesaw Medical Center 

Friday, April 04, 2014

Georgetown, S.C. — Area residents can now access comprehensive wound care, infusion and vascular studies in one convenient location. NextStep Wound Healing and Infusion Center, located in Murrells Inlet, brings multiple services together under one roof, improving the care experience for patients.

Located in Wachesaw Medical Center across from Waccamaw Community Hospital, NextStep Wound Healing and Infusion Center is part of Georgetown Hospital System.

John LaRochelle, vice president of NextStep Services, said providing comprehensive services at one site will improve access and enhance coordination of care for patients.

“No longer will patients have to go to multiple sites for wound care, infusion and vascular studies,” LaRochelle said. “Having access to these services at one location will be immensely advantageous for our patients, particularly those with limited mobility. Moreover, having clinicians under one roof will enhance communication and coordination of care.”

Wound care, infusion and vascular studies encompass care for patients with long-term sores, injuries or blisters that have not healed after 30 days of treatment. Typically, people with wounds that do not heal have other health problems, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, circulation disorders or paralysis. Treatments range from long-term antibiotic therapy and skin grafting to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The office is staffed by 12 employees, and Dr. George Wilkinson is the medical director. Dr. Matthew Metz of Surgical Specialists of Waccamaw, which is also located in Wachesaw Medical Center, and Dr. Mason Ahearn round out the medical staff.

Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and the phone number is 843-652-8020.


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