The old emergency room at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin is being turned into a new wound care center. Our partners at the Daily Journal report the renovation will double the hospital’s capacity and make services more accessible.
The publication reports the $250,000 renovation project is now underway, and the Wound Healing Center is expected to open after July 4.
The old emergency room sat vacant after the hospital’s new emergency wing opened last July. It was then used as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic from December through March.
With the move, the center will have first floor access and will be located near all the services patients and doctors need to complete care regimens. The publication reports the larger space will accommodate eight treatment rooms and four hyperbaric oxygen chambers, compared to the three rooms and two chambers it currently has.
According to Abigail Mercer, the wound center’s program director, two additional medical providers who specialize in vein care will also join the center, and arterial vein services will be added at the center.
The publication reports the goal of the center is to intervene as early as possible to give patients a good outcome and to educate other medical providers on the importance of quick action if wounds aren’t healing.