Council joins DCMH to celebrate

Wounded Care Awareness Week

Every year, thousands of patients across the United States including more than 33,000 individuals right here in Delaware County suffer from severe, chronic wounds.

Currently, chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the U.S. with that number expected to rise over the next decade due to an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy. If left untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and can even result in serious infections and amputation. The good news is that chronic wounds can be easily treated and prevented.

To raise awareness about chronic wounds and how to prevent them, County Council and the Department of Intercommunity Health partnered with Delaware County Memorial Hospital's Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine to observe Wound Care Awareness week as June 5-9 by presenting a resolution at the June 7 weekly meeting.

"Council would like to recognize the dedicated staff of the Delaware County Memorial Hospital's Wound Care Center for their tireless dedication in providing healing and life-saving services for county residents," said Council Chairman Maria J. Civera, Jr. "We are extremely grateful for the strong partnership we have with DCMH, Crozer-Keystone Health System and our three health systems," said Civera.

Wound Care Awareness Week is recognized nationally each year to raise awareness and better inform patients, their families, community physicians and the general public about the importance of advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine and its ability to save lives, limbs and quality of life.

As one of the founding hospitals of the Crozer-Keystone Health System, Delaware County Memorial Hospital's wound care center offers advanced, multidisciplinary approaches to healing chronic wounds associated with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, and autoimmune disease. With a healing rate of 94 percent, their staff works to combine technology with personal attention and draws on the latest advances in wound care to craft a treatment plan that addresses each individual's needs. For more information, visit,

Recognizing Wound Care Awareness Week

Council was joined by Delaware County Memorial Hospital Wound Care Center at the June 7 meeting to recognize June 5-9 as Wound Care Awareness Week. Shown, from left, Dr. Sunny Fink, DCMH physician, Council Chairman Mario Civera Jr., Robert Haffey, President of DCMH, Lori Devlin, Director of Inner Community Health, back row, Kevin Cary, Program Director, Councilman Mike Culp, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Councilman Dave White, and Dr. George Avetian, Senior Medical Advisor.