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Oishei Foundation logoDaemen College was awarded $530,000 from The John R. Oishei Foundation for the establishment of the Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic (DCPTWC). The clinic will serve individuals in Western New York who are suffering from chronic wounds. As part of this project, the College also plans to establish a Wound Care Academy to increase the skills and expertise of area health care practitioners.

The DCPTWC will be located at the Center for Skin Integrity, a collaboration of independent health care providers which includes the Buffalo Medical Group, P.C.; The McGuire Group; The Center for Plastic Surgery; and Dr. Paul Nasca (Podiatry).

“Daemen College would like to thank The John R. Oishei Foundation for its strong support of the College and this vision,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “This project really supports lowering health care costs, particularly for individuals with venous and diabetic wounds, and will contribute to Western New York’s capacity for and reputation in health care by preparing a specialized health care workforce.

“I would also like to thank Representative Kathy Hochul for her strong and unstinting backing of this project.”

“I’m proud to have been an early supporter of the Daemen College Physical Therapy Wound Clinic,” said Congresswoman Hochul.  “This project will not only help individuals in Western New York who are suffering from chronic wounds heal as quickly as possible, but will do so at the least amount of cost to patients, while providing treatment under one roof.”

The project’s partners plan to provide advanced clinical education through the establishment of the Daemen College Wound Care Academy – providing clinical education for up to 120 physical therapy students in the region per year. In addition, the Academy will seek to establish a New York State Registered Certificate in Wound Care for licensed health care professionals (M.D., P.T., R.N., P.A., O.T.) in order to increase the number of wound care specialists in Western New York.

Chronic wounds are wounds that do not heal, as compared to acute wounds. Chronic wounds include infections (bacterial, fungal, parasitic), pressure ulcers (bed sores), diabetic ulcers, burns, radiation, frostbite, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, and refractory cysts. Chronic, non-healing wounds are painful and can destroy an individual’s mobility and quality of life. They may lead to a number of complications, including disability or need for assisted living, home care, depression, loss of digit or limb, infection, or death.

The John R. Oishei Foundation strives to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo region. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.

 “Daemen College would like to thank The John R. Oishei Foundation for its strong support of the College and this vision” – Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen.