Presence Saint Francis Hospital

800 Austin Street
West Tower, Suite 604
Evanston, IL 60202
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Phone: 847.316.4325 (HEAL)
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

At the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center in Evanston, our multidisciplinary team of physicians and nurses provide expert care to heal chronic wounds that have not responded to other treatment.

The Best Option for Personalized Wound Healing

The Wound Healing Center is a team of certified physicians and nurses who provide a comprehensive wound treatment plan offering a multidisciplinary approach to wound healing. Using evidenced-based data, the specialized team is successful at healing chronic, non-healing wounds which are defined as wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional treatments. When a wound persists, a specialized approach is necessary for healing.

If left untreated, wounds that don’t improve within a few weeks can develop life-threatening infection, leading to amputation. It’s important to seek care from a wound care center and medical professionals with experience and skill in advanced treatment, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Our patients choose Presence Saint Francis for several reasons:

  • Dedicated wound care specialists: Our medical director focuses solely on wound care, with fellowships in hyperbaric medicine and wound care. Our physicians in internal medicine, infectious disease and podiatry and our nurses all have specialized training in wound care.
  • Only center for hyperbaric oxygen therapy on the North Shore: Presence Saint Francis is home to the only wound care center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy in northern Chicago, including Evanston, Skokie, Lincolnwood, Wilmette and Highland Park. We offer the latest treatments with hyperbaric oxygen therapy that you can’t find in many other places in Chicagoland.
  • National recognition for our excellent wound care: Healogics has named us as a Center of Excellence and a Center of Distinction in 2013 and 2015. That means our care provides excellent healing outcomes for high patient satisfaction.
  • More than just wound care: A wide range of conditions respond very well to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We can provide relief and healing to people who have suffered for months or even years with chronic conditions.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Conditions We Treat

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The higher-than-normal air pressure allows your lungs to take in more oxygen, which your blood carries throughout your body. The increased oxygen travels to the injured area and promotes healing. We treat many conditions that respond well to hyperbaric therapy, including:

  • Compromised (failed) skin grafts (preservation and preparation for additional graft procedure)
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, a bone infection lasting longer than six months that has not responded to antibiotics or debridement (surgery to remove dead tissue)
  • Osteoradionecrosis, a delayed radiation injury that causes bone death, usually in the head and neck after cancer radiation treatment
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis, a delayed radiation injury that causes death of soft tissues such as skin, muscles or internal organs
  • Actinomycosis, a long-term bacterial infection that usually develops in the soft tissues of the mouth, nose and throat
  • Diabetic wounds of the legs and feet that have not responded to other wound care

Types of Wounds We Treat

Our team of physicians and nurses have specialized training in treating all kinds of wounds, including:

  • Any wound that fails to improve within 30 days
  • Diabetic foot and leg ulcers
  • Aterial and venous wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Skin tears, lacerations or conditions that do not heal
  • Surgical wounds that become infected or do not heal
  • Wounds with underlying bone infections (osteomyelitis)

 We offer the latest advancements in wound care, including:

  • Debridement
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT): During treatment, you’ll relax in a transparent, cylindrical chamber for approximately two hours every day, over the course of a few weeks.
  • Negative pressure wound therapy: A vacuum dressing to remove fluids and increase blood flow to chronic wounds.
  • Skin substitutes: Natural or synthetic skin substitutes to help close wounds and control pain to improve healing.
  • Total contact casting: Specially designed cast for the lower leg and foot to offload weight and reduce pressure on foot and leg ulcers.
  • Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring: A measure of oxygen levels in tissue under the skin, which is useful in deciding whether to use hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Meet Our Team

At the Wound Healing Center, all our physicians have advanced training and stay current with the latest evidence-based therapies for successful wound care. Our medical director, Sunitha Nair, MD, is focused solely on wound care and has fellowships in hyperbaric medicine and wound care, she has dedicated her entire practice to the treatment of wound conditions. Meet Dr. Nair and our other expert physicians:

Coordinated Care with Your Physician

You may come to us for treatment on your own or through referral from your physician. We begin your treatment with a thorough evaluation and then design a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. Working with our wound care physicians, our specially trained nurses manage your outpatient treatment program. We communicate your treatment plan to your primary physician and referring physician, and send them regular updates about your progress. When your wound treatment is complete, provide a complete status report to your primary physician at the end of your treatment.  We’re always available to answer questions and give you the support you need

Accepted Health Insurance

Many health care plans will pay some or all of the costs associated with wound care treatment. Please check with the Wound Healing Center or the appropriate insurance provider for wound care coverage details.

How To Get Started & Referrals

Contingent with insurance, a physician's referral is not always required to schedule and begin treatment. The patient can call to schedule an appointment directly with the Wound Healing Center. Designed to complement physicians’ services, physicians can refer by contacting the Wound Healing Center.

→ Call (847) 316-4325 to make an appointment or for questions

→ E-Mail janice.onnezi@presencehealth.org

Door-To-Door Transportation

Presence St. Francis Hospital transportation is available in surrounding areas. Transportation is paid by the patient.

Transportation can be requested and scheduled during appointment scheduling with the Front Office Coordinator at (847) 316-4325.

Home Healthcare

Many insurances will provide weekly coverage at the Wound Healing Center and home care services, simultaneously.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 847.316.4325 (HEAL). You may also request an appointment online. Referring physicians can contact us using the same phone number and online appointment form.

 

Presence Saint Francis Hospital

Wound Healing Center
800 Austin Street
West Tower, Suite 604
Evanston, IL 60202
847.316.4325 (HEAL)
Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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We offer free parking in two locations:

  • The surface lot on the north side of Austin Street
  • The hospital parking garage accessible from Sherman Avenue

 

 

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