October 29, 2013
Francisco Padilla MD, Physician Panel Member, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center and Medical Director, Nanticoke Endocrinology and Diabetes Center

Nanticoke Health Services is pleased to announce that Francisco Padilla, MD, Medical Director of the Diabetes and Endocrinology Center at Nanticoke, has also joined the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center team to support the supervision of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Dr. Padilla completed his residency and fellowship through the University of Connecticut’s Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program in New Britain, Connecticut and is a Board Certified Internist.  Dr. Padilla specializes in the treatment of patients with diabetes or with disorders of the endocrine system.  He is also credentialed in hyperbaric medicine, having received extensive training through Comprehensive Healthcare Solutions in Naperville, Illinois.

Nanticoke Health Services was the first facility in Delaware to provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy and remains the only site in Sussex County to offer this treatment.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) elevates the level of oxygen in the bloodstream and surrounding tissues to support wound healing. Patients who may benefit from HBO include those with impaired blood flow related to diabetes, infected bone, non-healing grafts or those who are suffering with damage related to radiation treatments.  Advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy is covered by Medicare and most commercial insurances, and offers hope for healing to those in our community who have had problem wounds for many years!

At Nanticoke’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, a specialty-trained team is available to manage all types of wounds as early and efficiently as possible. The first step in the road to healing a chronic wound is a holistic examination, including evaluation for any possible infection or problems with blood flow to the affected area.  The patient’s medical history, diet and nutritional status are also reviewed, in order to identify any potential impediments to wound healing.  Collaborating with the center’s team of trained clinicians, an individualized plan of care is then created and communicated to the primary care physician, who continues to treat underlying conditions and provide overall care for the patient. The treatment plan is designed to complement the primary or referring physician’s care.  Advanced wound care dressings and treatments, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy are available to promote rapid healing.  A physician has the option to call the center for an appointment for his or her patients, or patients may call the center directly at 302-628-8322.

Nanticoke Health Services features an award winning, full-service community hospital.   Nanticoke has been named one of the Best 100 Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review for the second year in a row. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital holds a Level III trauma status and includes an expanding interventional cardiology program. Nanticoke is nationally certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and is a Gold Plus Award performer according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®. Nanticoke’s medical staff includes over 120 active staff physicians practicing in 40 different specialties. >