Dr. Dennis Staggs is medical director of the McAlester Regional Wound Healing Center, which opened in February 2014 to treat patients with chronic wounds such as those involving bone infection.
The highlight of the center is its two hyperbaric chambers, which use high pressure and an all-oxygen environment to treat specific types of wounds. The process promotes healing by increasing oxygen at the body's tissue level up to 20 times its normal level. The Wound Center offers the only hyperbaric medicine in the area.
The MRHC Wound Healing Center is located in the hospital building on the first floor. To schedule an appointment, call 918-421-6000.
Lance Nichols first came to the McAlester Regional Wound Healing Center in November 2014, six months after a wound from falling on a burning log refused to heal. A treatment was performed the following month, and by mid-March he was completely healed.
“They did the best job. I never saw anything like it,” Lance tells us.
Lance said he was burning leaves at his home at Arrowhead Estates when he tripped and fell on a log that had begun burning. His brother took him to the hospital emergency room at McAlester Regional Health Center.
“I was burned pretty bad,” Lance recalls. “From above my knee to my calf.”
The hospital emergency staff cleaned the wound and administered a pain solution, and the next day he began treatment with a local home health agency. But six months later, the wound remained unhealed.
“It was too deep,” said Lance, who also is a diabetic. He came into the McAlester Regional Wound Healing Center where the team worked to treat his wound, prescribed daily topical medications, and saw him weekly for outpatient treatment.
“It's one of the best organizations I've ever seen,” Lance said of MRHC's wound care center.
“They probably saved his leg,” added his wife, Charlene, calling the McAlester Regional Wound Healing Center “efficient and effective.”
Charlene accompanied her husband to every appointment during his 3 months of treatment, and said the staff was always “very professional, very approachable. For instance, if we couldn't get there in time for one reason or another, they were very accommodating. And I appreciate that.”
Lance has advice for those dealing with stubborn wounds, like him.
“Tell people they need to go there first,” he said. “The healing goes a lot faster!”
Deanna Sebastian was a wound care patient who used the McAlester Regional Wound Healing Center's hyperbaric treatment after a skin graft.
“The hyperbaric treatment I received provided the best possible foundation for the success of my skin graft,” she said.
The wound care center has two hyperbaric chambers, which use high pressure and an all-oxygen environment to treat specific types of wounds. The process promotes healing by increasing oxygen at the body's tissue level up to 20 times its normal level.
“I am not sure that my healing would be progressing as well as it is without the help of the hyperbaric chamber,” Deanna said of her experience. “I highly recommend it to anyone for wound healing.”
Deanna said her treatment at the Wound Care Center was always positive, from the beginning to the end, thanks to the compassion, knowledge and professionalism of each staff member.
What does Deanna like most about the Center? “The kindness and caring of everyone at WHC during my therapy,” she said. “They all made my visits for treatment at the center a very positive experience.”
Deanna also cited each staff member as someone she recommends for future patients: Medical Director Dr. Dennis Staggs, Hyperbaric Technologist Richard Steves, Program Manager Callie Anderson, Infusion nurses Mike Noel, RN, and Heidi McAlester, RN; Recovery nurse Janet Peden, RN; Wound Care nurse Jennifer Atteberry, RN; and Jackie Turnbull, APRN-CNP.
“The entire staff is extremely knowledgeable and caring,” she said. “I had the occasion to be cared for by all of them. McAlester is very blessed to have these professionals available for their health care.”