HUNTLEY – Frank Gonsowski of Huntley proudly left the Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center Tuesday, Aug. 3 after being the first patient healed by Dr. Roger Lundquist, medical director of the center.
Upon opening to the public in July, the Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center became the first facility in McHenry County to offer comprehensive wound care treatment for those with non-healing wounds. The addition to Centegra’s continuum of care provides quality treatment close to home, using innovative treatment like Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy that uses a pressurized, oxygen-rich environment to stimulate growth of new vessels and improve circulation to help with faster healing and shorter recovery.
Lundquist said, “The community was ready for a comprehensive center for wound care and now we are able to provide it to them.”
The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center treats patients suffering from acute and chronic non-healing wounds due to venous and arterial insufficiency, diabetes, pressure, burns, or other conditions.
Gonsowski said his experience at the new center was joyful and that the wound care team provided excellent care and a fast recovery time. In June, Gonsowski tore his ACL and meniscus that required surgery to heal his injury. He received care from Centegra Hospital – McHenry and went for follow-up for his wound every day until July, when the Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center opened. While he thoroughly enjoyed his care at Centegra Hospital – McHenry, he was grateful for the convenience the new center provided him.
“I love how close it is to my home in Sun City,” Gonsowski said. “I no longer have to travel 20 miles to receive quality care.”
In addition, the nurses on staff at the wound center showed Gonsowski how to care for his wound on his own, so he did not require daily treatment.
“I felt empowered and equipped with the necessary materials and education to care for myself,” he said. “I only needed to make appointments once a week instead of every day.”
When Gonsowski heard about the new wound care center during his treatment at Centegra Hospital – McHenry, he simply called to make his first appointment. At the Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center, referrals are not needed; people only need to call the main line to schedule their initial assessment.
The Centegra Wound & Hyperbaric Center is a division of Centegra Hospital – Woodstock and is located at 11650 South Route 47, Huntley.