Published on February 25, 2020

Wound Treatment Center in Alpena Partners with Healogics, Welcomes New Providers

The Wound Treatment Center in Alpena recently partnered with Healogics®, the nation’s leading wound care management company. Healogics provides consulting services to more than 800 hospitals across the United States, including MidMichigan’s other Wound Treatment Centers in Alma, Clare, Midland and West Branch. Joining the team in Alpena are Jean-Lucien Omekanda, M.D., as the Center’s new medical director, and Jake Straley, N.P.-B.C., as the Center’s new full-time provider.

Photo of Jean-Lucien Omekanda, M.D., Wound Treatment Center at MidMichigan Medial Center - Alpena, new medical director.

Jean-Lucien Omekanda, M.D., is the new medical director for the Wound Treatment Center at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. The Wound Treatment Center specializes in treating chronic, non-healing wounds, defined as any wound that does not heal within 30 days of conventional treatment. It is also one of only three centers in Michigan to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy for emergency conditions.

The partnership with Healogics gives the center access to advanced treatment technologies, state-of-the art training and proven clinical protocols that have resulted in MidMichigan’s centers averaging 94 percent patient satisfaction and a median healing time of 28 days. This places the MidMichigan centers in the top 21 percent of the more than 800 Healogics centers nationwide.

“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Healogics and welcome Dr. Omekanda and Jake Straley to our medical staff in Alpena,” said Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. “Healogics has an outstanding reputation in the field of advanced wound care technologies and has significantly improved the wound programs in our other MidMichigan Medical Centers.  We are confident of this same success in our Wound Treatment Center.”

Dr. Omekanda earned a doctor of medicine degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies and completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. He has been caring for inpatients at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena as a member of Sound Physicians Hospitalist Group and will continue that role in addition to seeing patients at the Wound Treatment Center.

“What attracted me to the field of internal medicine is the ability to create close relationships with my patients,” said Dr. Omekanda. “I hope to continue having relationships built on trust, understanding and respect with my wound treatment patients as well.”

Photo of Jacob Straley, N.P.-B.C., provider at the Wound Treatment Center located in Apena, Michigan.

Jake Straley, N.P.-B.C., has joined the Wound Treatment Center as a new full-time provider. The Center has recently partnered with Healogics, the nation’s leading wound care management company.

Jacob Straley earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has experience in wound treatment and hyperbaric medicine, critical care, pulmonology, interventional radiology ad hospital medicine.

“I transitioned to wound care full time so that I could focus on treating patients with wounds and develop long-term relationships with them throughout their entire healing process,” said Straley.

“Working together with the patient, we can efficiently heal the wounds, prevent further complications, and improve their quality of life.”

The Wound Treatment Center specializes in treating chronic, non-healing wounds, defined as any wound that does not heal within 30 days of conventional treatment. The program offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, debridement, dressings, medications, patient education and advanced applications as well as coordination of care to address underlying conditions such as diabetes or vascular disease that can interfere with healing. The Center also provides hyperbaric treatment for emergency conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning or decompression sickness. It is one of only three emergency HBO therapy centers in Michigan.

Those interested in more information or to schedule an appointment may call the Wound Treatment Center at (989) 356-8075.