Award-Winning Wound Center Gives Malden Woman a Leg Up, New Lease on Life

04/19/16

It was a day Theresa Price and her family never thought they would see.

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Theresa Price’s visit to the Winchester Hospital Wound Center brought her family even closer. Pictured(from left to right): Mary Barricelli, Dick Barricelli, Rosemarie Semon-Barricelli, Theresa Price.

Winchester, MA (April 19, 2016) – It was a day Theresa Price and her family never thought they would see – a day where she would no longer need to take pain relievers every four hours just to deal with the throbbing sore on her left leg.

On that day, the day when her wound finally healed, Theresa, her two sisters – Mary and Rosemarie – along with her brother, Diego “Dick”, went back to their house and celebrated. They each grabbed a champagne flute, popped the cork and shared a toast to Theresa’s health.

“We didn’t think we’d ever see that day,” said Theresa’s sister, Rosemarie Barricelli-Semon. “We were just so happy.”

This was a wound Theresa had been dealing with for nine months.

The lifelong Malden resident has been living with multiple myeloma and diabetes when she developed a wound on her thigh that refused to heal.

Barely able to walk, struggling to deal with the pain and concerned about her health, Price was directed to the Winchester Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center.

“When the Wound Center came into our lives, it was like we walked into a room full of angels,” said Rosemarie Barricelli-Semon. “They gave us hope. We had no hope, but they knew they could help us.”

The staff at the Medford-based Wound Center treated Theresa’s wound every week and within six months she was able to walk around pain and wound-free.

It’s due to this care the Winchester Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center was recently presented with the Center of Distinction Award by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The award recognizes wound centers for both exceptional patient experience, as well as superior patient outcomes.

“We’re able to offer highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time,” said William Breckwoldt, MD, Medical Director of the Wound Center. “This award takes into account both clinical outcomes and patient experience benchmarks, which make it a clear cut indicator of the high quality, comprehensive care we provide for our patients.”

“Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians and wound care nurses work closely together and partner with patients in developing treatment plans for even those with long-standing chronic wounds,” said Gail Forthoffer, Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Manager of the Wound Center. “It is an incredible accomplishment for the center to finish the year with a patient satisfaction score of 94 percent and a wound healing rate of 93 percent. We are honored to have achieved this award.”

As for Theresa, Rosemarie and the rest of the family, they’re just happy they found the Wound Center in time.

“For my sister to be able to walk around again, it’s just wonderful,” Rosemarie said. “It really was a miracle that the Wound Center came into our lives.”

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital, a member of Lahey Health, is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.

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