Northern Light Wound Care
144 State Street
Portland, Maine 04101-3795
Our Wound Care service provides advanced wound healing techniques and state-of-the-art assessment, testing and treatment for people suffering from acute and chronic (hard to heal) wounds. Our specialized staff has extensive training and expertise in wound healing, and our approach is always aimed at offering cost-effective, outcome-oriented service. Walter Keller, DO, is our Medical Director.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven to help accelerate the healing of many types of wounds and injuries to the skin that have so far resisted conventional healing therapies. Hyperbaric Oxygen helps the body form new blood vessels to serve areas that have been injured or may be affected by circulation disorders such as peripheral arterial disease or diabetes.
Northern Light Mercy Hospital on State Street has two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. Mercy’s hyperbaric chambers are transparent, single-person chambers, about the size of a hospital bed. Our specialized hyperbaric therapy team includes physicians, two hyperbaric certified nurses, and a specially trained hyperbaric technologist. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments usually last from one-and-a-half to two hours, administered once daily, five days a week. Treatment is usually 6 or 12 weeks long. Patients can relax during treatment by listening to music or watching TV on a screen specially fitted to the chamber.
Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy requires a physician referral. Our staff will verify if your insurance plan covers Hyperbaric Oxygen before you begin treatment. For more information call 207-879-3190.
Northern Light Wound Care provides advanced wound healing techniques and state-of-the-art assessment, testing and treatment for people suffering from acute and chronic (hard to heal) wounds. Our specialized staff has extensive training and expertise in wound healing, and our approach is always aimed at offering cost-effective, outcome-oriented service. We strive to heal all types of skin integrity issues.
Commonly Treated Conditions Include:
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Ulcers Related to Circulation
- Pressure Ulcers
- Autoimmune Related Ulcers
- Traumatic Injuries to the skin
- Stoma Issues
Referring Provider Information
If your patient has a skin ulcer that has not healed with basic wound care such as infection control and dry sterile dressings, consider a referral to Northern Light Wound Care. Our team will work with you to create a plan of care that includes detection/treatment of the underlying cause of the ulcer, pain and infection management, prevention of future skin ulcers, and care for the wound at home.
Some methods we use to treat chronic ulcers include:
- Cultured tissue products
- Serial Debridement
- Offloading and pressure management
- Compression dressings
- Interventions for arterial and venous insufficiency
- Total Contact Casting
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
When referring a patient to Northern Light Wound Care please include as much clinical data as possible; this helps determine the urgency of the referral and prevents duplication of services.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Patients that may benefit from HBOT are those patients with bone/tissue damage from radiation, Diabetic foot ulcers that penetrate to bone, failed surgical flaps, and other extremely difficult to heal wounds. Our staff can determine whether your patient is a candidate for HBOT. Our reimbursement specialist will work with the patient’s insurance to determine any financial obligation your patient may have.
Our CWOCNs can help your patient with any skin integrity issues related to their stoma. In addition they can help educate new stoma patients both before and after ostomy surgery. Our CWOCNs will help your patient find the best style appliance that will suit their activity level and prevent future skin integrity issues.
Dr. Walter Keller
Dr. Keller came to Maine as a medical student in 1975 and completed his General Surgical Residency in Portland upon graduating from Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine. He then traveled to Chicago to complete a Cardiothoracic and Vascular Fellowship at Cook County Hospital followed by traveling to the Maryland Institute of Trauma to complete his trauma training. In 1981 he returned to Maine to practice surgery for the next 22 years. During that time he was an assistant professor involved in teaching at NECOM as well as the University of New England where he taught medical students and Physician Assistant Programs. After retiring in 2004, his career path led him to take on the role of Medical Marketing Director for a biotech company. However, in 2008 he returned to the world of patient care as he assumed the role of Medical Director of the Mercy Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his three children.
Susan Link, NP
Susan came directly to Maine the day after graduation from Case Western Reserve in Ohio where she earned her BSN. She never looked back. She loved Maine and the people who live here. In 1991 she received her MSN from the University of Southern Maine to compliment her Nurse Practitioner certification. Her career has varied from hospital nursing in Bangor, Maine to being a member of the Homeless Health Team to walking the streets of Portland to provide care as part of the Homeless Health Team. She has found her home here at Mercy and she has been a proud member of the very caring team at Mercy’s Wound Healing Center since 2010.
Mark Ouellette, NP
Mark joined Mercy in February of 2008. A native of Aroostook County, Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, and continued his education there to earn his Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He is a member of the Maine Nurse Practitioner’s Association. Mark is a self-proclaimed foodie, and loves to try new foods and restaurants. He resides in Gorham.
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