In order to better serve the needs of residents, Lutheran Homes Society has partnered with the Division of Vascular/Endovascular and Wound Care Surgery at The University of Toledo (UT); UT Physicians group and The University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center to provide complex wound management services within LHS facilities.
“There is a large demand for wound care services,” said Dr. Munier Nazzal, FACS, director of the UTMC Wound Care Center. “This program will enable us to provide help and support to these patients with chronic, non-healing wounds. Our goal is to make the LHS facilities into recognized centers of excellence for wound care.”
The program has been implemented at Lutheran Home at Toledo and Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek and will expand to Lutheran Home at Napoleon and Lutheran Memorial Home in Sandusky within the next few months.
|Nurse Practioner Kelly Inthanamith and Dr. Munier Nazzal
are working with LHS facilities to provide complex wound
care for patients.
The program is designed to minimize and prevent wounds and ulcers in patients, and ensure that patients are well taken care of at the facility to avoid hospitalization.
Nurse Practitioner Kelly Inthanamith visits the facilities weekly and meets with patients. She communicates in real time through a computer with specialists in the UTMC Wound Care Center.
“We are coming to the patients in the facility to provide the earliest intervention possible,” Inthanamith said. “We are opening the direct channels of communication for patients.”
“We are embracing this partnership because anyone who enters one of our facilities has medical care needs that put them at a high risk for skin breakdown,” said Donna Konst, LHS Senior Vice President for Elder Care Services. “We will be very proactive in our skin care management processes so residents and patients get the specialized care they need.”
As the wound care program develops, Dr. Nazzal hopes to obtain grant funding to provide more nurse practitioners and diagnostic services.
Lutheran Homes Society, a social ministry organization based in Toledo, has been serving the needs of youth and elderly since 1860. More than 2,500 individuals located throughout Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan benefit from the residential and community services offered through LHS ministries.
Nurse Practitioner Kelly Inthanamith and Dr. Munier Nazzal are working with LHS facilities to provide complex wound care for patients.