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Supported by our Medical Director, Dr. David A Stenstrom MD, our wound care team provides evidence-based wound care to promote wound healing. A comprehensive assessment is complete by a certified wound specialist who determines the best treatment available. Continued monitoring is performed throughout treatment so that wound closure is met.

Wounds are often due to a chronic condition(s) that will need to be managed after the wound has closed. We provide a holistic approach to help prevent wound reoccurrence in pressure injuries, diabetic foot ulcers and venous insufficiency wounds.

Please note: A provider’s referral is necessary to begin care, for more information on how to be referred please click here.

Wound Care Services

  • Wound consultation by certified wound specialists
  • Wound care monitored by certified wound specialists
  • Wound Vac placement and management
  • Wound debridement
  • Assessment of good blood flow to the legs
    • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) assessment
    • Toe-Brachial Index (TBI) assessment
  • Compression therapy for lower limb swelling
  • Care of diabetic wounds and pressure injuries
  • Biologic dressing placement for wound healing
  • Carefully selected formulary of wound dressings with the most up to date products to promote wound healing
  • Ostomy care

Foot and Nail Care

  • Diabetic foot care
  • Callus management
  • Care of dystrophic, misshapen, damaged, and thickened nails

Our Wound Care Specialists

Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association (FAPWCA) physicians with this designation are recognized as having master level knowledge and specialty practice in wound management. Certified physicians demonstrate a dedication to the highest standard in wound care essential in the development of a comprehensive wound management program.

Certified Wound Care Nurses (CWCN) must have a baccalaureate degree and complete theoretical University based course work followed by intensive hands on labs and must pass an accredited wound certification exam. Equips our nurses with a specialize wound care knowledge and skills that allows them to evaluate wound progress, treatment effectiveness and needs for new interventions.

Certified Wound Care Associates (CWCA) must have 3 years of wound care experience and pass the National Board Certification Examination for Wound Management Associates. This certification affirms our nurses have demonstrated a distinct and specialized knowledge in wound management that promotes quality of care for clients with wounds.

Certified Foot Care Specialist (CFCS) must complete 25 continuing education hours related to foot care, complete 20 hours of direct hands-on foot care with a qualified proctor and pass an exam. Nurses who achieve certification commit to national foot care standard of professional competence that demonstrates their understanding of basic and advanced foot.

What to Expect

What to Bring to Your Appointment:
Please bring identification, such as a driver’s license, and any insurance information. If your Primary Care Provider is not affiliated with GSHCS, bring a list of medications you’re currently taking, as well as a list of any allergies you’re aware of. If your wound is the result of a workplace injury, please bring your worker’s comp paperwork, including the claim number.

What to Expect at Your Wound Consult (Your First Appointment):
At your first appointment, which may take one to two hours, our staff will go over your medical history and examine the affected area. This includes diagnosing the wound type, measuring your wound, taking pictures of the wound, and discussing factors that affect wound healing. Diagnostic tests may be ordered, such as blood tests, wound cultures, or imaging. The clinician could perform an Ankle Brachial Index test, which will involve you lying flat and getting blood pressures on your arms and legs to look at your blood flow; this will extend your appointment time. Once the wound is diagnosed and all factors are considered, we can determine the best treatment plan and how often we’ll need to see you. We’ll also help you get supplies to take care of the wound at home. Your treatment plan will include education for you and your family or other support persons to ensure healing continues after your visit. We will also discuss strategies to reduce pain and watch out for infection.

Caring for Wounds at Home:
We will provide instructions on how to care for your wound, such as how to clean the wound and reapply bandages (supplies will be provided for you or recommendation for what to purchase). To prevent infection, be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your bandages or cleaning the wound, keep the area clean and dry, and avoid products outside of what has been provided. It’s important to refer to the personalized instructions we provide in your After-Visit Summary. If questions or concerns arise, please contact us at 541.667.3680.

Additional Support:

  • Eating healthy, nutritious meals can help your body heal. If you would like to meet with a member of our Diabetes and Nutrition Center team, please call 541.667.3517.
  • Smoking can negatively impact wound healing. If you are interested in quitting tobacco, please contact us at 541.667.3504.
  • Our ConneXions Department can help with transportation, housing, food assistance, health advocacy and more. Contact ConneXions by calling 541.667.3504 or via email at [email protected].
  • If you haven’t already, consider signing up for MyHealth for quick and easy access to your health information 24/7. In your MyHealth account, you can review your health history. A health reference library is also available, including instructional videos. For assistance with MyHealth, call 503.415.4853, email [email protected], or visit www.gshealth.org/myhealth.

Our Location

Phone: 541.667.3680
Good Shepherd Treatment Center
610 NW 11th Street
Hermiston, OR 97838

Good Shepherd Health Care System Main Hospital Entrance, Second Floor

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