The Center for Wound Care has opened at New Milford Hospital.

The center complements and augments services provided at the Robert J. and Pamela Morganti Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Danbury Hospital.

Approximately 6.5 million people suffer chronic wounds in the United States; the need for high quality wound care services is increasing, according to a release from the Western Connecticut Health Network.

Many wounds do not respond to more routine, conservative treatments, putting progressive wound care programs like those at New Milford and Danbury hospitals in demand.

"We are thrilled to be able to expand this important service to residents in the Greater New Milford area," said David Charash, the wound centers' medical director.

"The newly opened location at New Milford Hospital allows us to provide the most advanced wound care treatments and therapies," Charash said, "and increases accessibility to these much-needed services for the network's patients in the northwestern reaches of Connecticut and bordering areas of New York."

The center at New Milford Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for outpatients with chronic and complicated skin wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers; venous stasis ulcers; arterial ulcers; burns; pressure ulcers; and surgical wounds.

State-of-the-art therapies offered include compression, biosynthetic skin grafting, debridement and advanced dressing technique.

The Danbury Hospital center recently achieved accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. It is one of only four facilities of almost 20 in Connecticut to have received this designation.

The New Milford center is open initially Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and will expand as demand requires.

For more information or to make an appointment with the center, call 860-210-5555.