Wound Center

Wineshiek Medical Center’s Wound Center is a specialized service offering patients access to the latest techniques and procedures for the best chance for healing wounds in an outpatient setting. Care is provided by Bethany Stevens, ARNP, and Caroline Schwickerath, D.O., who is a board certified wound specialist physician in addition to her general surgery specialty at WMC. Dr. Schwickerath achieved this certification through the American Board of Wound Management.

The Wound Center will be located in the North Building on the WMC campus in Decorah.

What services will you provide?

We will provide for a variety of wounds like:

  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Traumatic Wounds
  • Vasculitis
  • Burns
  • Neuropathic Ulcers
  • Surgical Wounds
  • Atypical Wounds (such as pyoderma gangrenosum)
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Non-healing Wounds
  • Vascular Ulcers (such as venous or arterial insufficiency)

What treatment methods will be used?

  • Debridement
  • Pressure Relief
  • Tissue-growing Therapies (such as Biologic skin applications)
  • Compression Therapy
  • Negative pressure Wound Therapy
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. This therapy is indicated for certain non-healing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer, radiation injury, or osteomyelitis. This form of treatment is not appropriate for all patients – as with most medical treatments it truly depends on the patient’s condition and needs.


Why is a hyperbaric oxygen chamber beneficial for wound care?

Your body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function normally, and to heal. When tissue is injured it needs even more oxygen. A hyperbaric oxygen chamber has been proven to enhance tissue oxygenation, stimulate growth factors, reduce inflammation, fight infection and ultimately promote healing.

Do I need a doctor's referral?

No, patients can make an appointment directly with Bethany or Dr. Schwickerath. It is always encouraged to call the number on the back of your insurance card if you are unsure if you need a referral to see a specialist.

Is this service covered by insurance?

Winneshiek Medical Center advises patients to contact their insurance carrier to understand their coverage.

Make an Appointment

Winneshiek Medical Center Wound Center is accepting new patients. You do not need a referral. For an appointment, call 563-382-2911 or request an appointment through MyChart.

Wound Center Stories
Welcome Bethany Stevens, ARNP
December 29, 2022

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