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Wound & Edema Center partners with Actra Orthotics and Prosthetics

Health, Wellness & You
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Robert Goldman, MD medical directorFort HealthCare’s Wound & Edema Center in Johnson Creek is pleased to announce a partnership with Actra Orthotics and Prosthetics of Madison.

Actra is accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics and is a custom prosthetic and orthotic provider with several offices throughout Wisconsin. Actra’s practitioners have the highest level of certifications and experience and will work closely with the Wound & Edema Center’s medical director, Robert Goldman, MD to bring these necessary services to local patients.

Actra staff seeing patients in Johnson Creek includes prosthetist Jane Wolking and orthotist Angela Longmore. Wolking is an experienced board certified provider of prosthetic services who works with patients of all ages to provide the most comfortable and state-of-the-art upper and lower extremity prosthetics. Longmore provides orthotic devices of all types, including foot orthotics, diabetic footwear and braces for spine and upper and lower extremities. She is also board certified. Longmore specializes in the WalkAide System, an electronic stimulator system that is achieving great results for patients with drop foot and many other diagnoses that effect gait.

Wolking and Longmore provide the highest quality assistive products that improve the quality of life for patient with a variety of chronic medical conditions. Their compassionate style of care has earned very high customer satisfaction as shown in patient surveys.

Actra staff pride themselves in working closely with medical providers including therapists to enhance the team approach to coordinated medical care, helping patients achieve the best possible outcomes. The company has developed a variety of accredited continuing education programs for therapists and other clinicians. Actra accepts a wide variety of insurances.

“We are very excited to work with Dr. Goldman and area health care providers to bring our expertise to Johnson Creek,” said Wolking. Patients will be seen by appointment at the Fort HealthCare Wound & Edema Center and can be scheduled by calling (608) 833-9660.

To prevent limb loss, the Wound & Edema Center can offer a number of clinical approaches. When wounds resist conventional treatment, a specialized approach is required for healing. These services use an interdisciplinary approach to treatment involving a variety of therapies and techniques, including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes and patient education.

The Wound & Edema Center is a two-time winner of the Diversified Clinical Services “Center of Distinction” award. To be eligible for the Center of Distinction award, strict criteria must be met. The clinic must attain greater than 90 percent patient satisfaction, Fort HealthCare’s was 95 percent; the total days to heal must be under 30 days, Fort HealthCare’s was 23 days; and healing outcomes must be over 89 percent, Fort HealthCare achieved 97 percent.

The Wound & Edema Center staff can effectively utilize hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to heal wounds. Systemic HBOT therapy has assisted wound healing for more than 40 years, and is an adjunctive treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria. It is expected that up to 20 percent of the wound care cases will meet those criteria. The HBOT chambers improve the already successful clinical results of the Center.

For individuals with chronic, non-healing wounds, more information is available online at Patients can self-refer to the Wound & Edema Center, but are encouraged to discuss this option with their physician. To learn more, please call the clinic at (920) 699-4245.