Comprehensive, Integrated Wound Management
People with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn. Located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building in the hospital, the HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Wound Care Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds. Our Wound Care Center offers state-of-the-art treatments including debridement, dressing selection, special shoes and patient education.
What are chronic or non-healing wounds?
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as "bed sores"). These sores or wounds do not significantly improve from conventional treatments. An estimated eight million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Non-healing wounds lead to a lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.
All services in the SJH Wound Care Center are provided by Jose Diaz, Jr., M.D., who serves as the Center's Medical Director, and Janet Alvarado, M.D. Both are physicians affiliated with the HSHS Medical Group and are on the SJH Medical Staff.
How do I know if my wound needs special medical care?
If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, ask your physician about a referral to our Wound Care Center or contact us directly for an assessment. There are a number of factors that can cause chronic and non-healing wounds.
- Aging population
- Vascular deficiencies
- Traumatic wounds
- Prolonged pressure on bony prominence
Wounds that benefit from the Wound Care Center
- Diabetic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Ischemic ulcers
- Venous insufficiency
- Traumatic wounds
- Non-healing surgical incisions
Benefits of using St. Joseph's Hospital Wound Care Center
If you are a candidatefor this outpatient program, the Wound Care Center will work with you and your doctor to deliver the following:
- Advanced therapies
- Proven clinical protocols
- An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your specific needs
- Assessment and ongoing care by our highly skilled team of wound care specialists, including a case manager who will oversee every aspect of your treatment
- Education for you and your family to help healing happen at home, including materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene and more
- Ongoing communication and collaboration with you and your doctor so that you each remain informed about your progress
- Now featuring two new hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers - a well-established treatment for non-healing wounds!
Diaz, Jr., M.D.
Medical Director, Wound Care Center
Janet Alvarado, M.D.
View our list of FAQs if you have any other questions. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (618) 651-2502. You may also request an appointment online by clicking here.
St. Joseph's Hospital Wound Care Center
SJH Medical Office Building, 2nd floor
12866 Troxler Avenue
Highland, IL 62249